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Fight till death between two stout men
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

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Fight till death between two stout men

1824 - 1828. Pencil on grey laid paper Not on display

It is difficult to say whether here we are viewing a scene of amusement or an allegory of violence, as both characters appear to be laughing stupidly while one pines down the other by force and prepares to slit his throat with a knife. The figures show abnormal body types, and fall within the context of deformity as an expression of irrational and violent behavior.

Albums G and H were produced in Bordeaux, probably simultaneously or very close to one another in time, as evidenced by their formal, stylistic and technical similarity. In them, Goya gave free rein to his capacity for invention based on specific events he had experienced, such as the popular characters seen on the streets of Paris and Bordeaux, and to his pure imagination. Goya depicts the most significant issues presented over the course of his career, but in this case the changes the tone from satirical to grotesque: the falsehood of humanity, inequality, poverty, irrationality and the violence of individuals and of society. Goya introduced the use of crayon in these albums. This occurs in coincidence to his interest in lithography and his practice of that procedure in Bordeaux.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Santander, Fundación Botín,, 2017, p.132 n.80; 201 n.80

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Technical data

Inventory number
D004136
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Fight till death between two stout men
Date
1824 - 1828
Technique
Pencil
Support
Grey laid paper
Dimension
Height: 191 mm.; Width: 154 mm.
Series
Álbum de Burdeos II o Álbum H, 38

Bibliography +

Gassier, Pierre, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 1800.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 642.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. nº 186.

Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración, [El Viso], Madrid, 1988, pp. 474-475.

Goya and the spirit of enlightenment, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1989, pp. 389.

Goya: luces y sombras. Obras maestras del Museo del Prado, The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2011, pp. 294-295.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín,, Santander, 2017, pp. 132 n.80; 201 n.80.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 399.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1800.

Exhibitions +

Goya. Drawings. "Only my Strength of Will Remains"
Madrid
20.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya
Santander
22.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

Goya: luces y sombras. Obras maestras del Museo del Prado
Barcelona
15.03.2012 - 24.06.2012

Goya: luces y sombras. Obras maestras del Museo del Prado / Goya: Lights and Shadows. Masterpieces of the Museo del Prado
Tokio
22.10.2011 - 29.01.2012

El Toro Mariposa
31.10.2007 - 03.02.2008

Goya y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
Nueva York NY
09.05.1989 - 16.07.1989

Goya y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
Boston
18.01.1989 - 26.03.1989

Goya y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
Madrid
04.10.1988 - 18.12.1988

Location +

Room A (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 08-11-2019 | Registry created on 28-11-2017

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