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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

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

Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de See author's file

Great folly

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

The title written by Goya indicates the absurd nature of the scene represented, which is hard to explain. The severed head is being fed by the body from which it has been separated. At the same time, through a funnel located in its neck, this body receives a fluid poured by who may be a surgeon or apothecary, on whose right we see the instruments used for the decapitation. An old sorceress observes the scene while endorsing the treatment with her false wisdom, the product of ignorance and unreasonableness.

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. Most of the drawings in Album G include handwritten titles. 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.124-126 n.74; 198-199 n.74

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Technical data

Inventory number
D004120
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Great folly
Date
1824 - 1828
Technique
Pencil
Support
Grey laid paper
Dimension
Height: 192 mm.; Width: 152 mm.
Series
Álbum de Burdeos I o Álbum G, 9

Bibliography +

Gassier, Pierre, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 1718.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. nº 372.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. 224.

Stuffmann, Margret, Goya. Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik, Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt Am Main, 1981, pp. 215.

Goya : e il mondo moderno, Skira, Milán, 2010.

Goya: luces y sombras. Obras maestras del Museo del Prado, The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2011, pp. 272-273.

Bozal, V, 'El Sueño de la Razón produce monstruos' En: Historia de la belleza, de Fidias a Picasso, Círculo de Lectores - Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 187-208 [200].

Bozal, V, 'El Sueño de la Razón produce monstruos' En: Historia de la belleza, de Fidias a Picasso, Círculo de Lectores - Fundación Amigos Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 187-208 [204].

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín,, Santander, 2017, pp. 124-126 n.74; 198-199 n.74.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 382.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1718.

Exhibitions +

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

Goya y el mundo moderno. Milán
Milán
15.03.2010 - 27.06.2010

Goya e Italia
Zaragoza
28.05.2008 - 15.09.2008

Le crepuscule de la raison
París
15.10.2001 - 15.01.2002

Location +

Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 07-11-2019 | Registry created on 25-11-2017

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