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They eat a lot
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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They eat a lot

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

Several drawings in these sketchbooks predominantly feature clergymen, all of which have a satirical tone. In this case, a friar laboriously prepares to relieve himself, consequentially, as Goya´s title suggest, because of his gluttony. In contradiction to the private nature of this deed, an observant figure can be seen in the background. His smile contrasts with the grave effort made by the protagonist, who has had to roll up his habit to be seated and avoid soiling.

Sketchbooks 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 Sketchbook G include handwritten titles. Goya introduced the use of crayon in these sketchbooks. 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.129 n.77; 198-200 n.77


Technical data

Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
They eat a lot
1824 - 1828
Grey laid paper
Height: 191 mm; Width: 148 mm
Cuaderno de Burdeos I o Cuaderno G, 55 (?) [b]

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 51, n.384.

Gassier, Pierre y Wilson-Bareau, Juliet, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 1759.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 572.

Brown, Jonathan, Goya´s last works, The Frick Collection, Nueva York, 2006.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín, Santander, 2017, pp. 129 n.77; 198-200 n.77.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 259 nº 169.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 418.

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 384.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1759.

Exhibitions +

Goya´s Graphic Imagination
Nueva York NY
08.02.2021 - 02.05.2021

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

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Dibujos de Francisco de Goya
19.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya
22.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

Aún aprendo: Goya's Last Works
Nueva York NY
10.02.2006 - 14.05.2006

Update date: 22-11-2021 | Registry created on 25-11-2017

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