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They Spend Their Life with Animals
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 Spend Their Life with Animals

1824 - 1828. Black chalk, Lithographic crayon on grey laid paper. Not on display

Bordeaux Sketchbook G, sheet 30. In this precisely orchestrated composition, the principal figure, an apparently rational being judging by his gentlemanly garments, lives among animals. These have clear symbolic meanings, representing ignorance, stupidity, and their owner’s distorted moral values. The cat, tied to the bench with a ring, is a noctural creature, while the parrot speaks meaningless chatter. The creature on the left, which the man sets violently against the cat, may be a lynx disguised in a cap and gown. Goya stresses the figure’s isolation, condemned to an unproductive life in the company of unsentient beings.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019, p.255 nº165

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Technical data

Inventory number
D004137
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
They Spend Their Life with Animals
Date
1824 - 1828
Technique
Black chalk; Lithographic crayon
Support
Grey laid paper
Dimension
Height: 192 mm.; Width: 148 mm.
Series
Cuaderno de Burdeos I o Cuaderno G, 30
Provenance
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Federico de Madrazo y/o Román Garreta, Madrid, c. 1855-1860; Museo de la Trinidad, Madrid, 5-4-1866; Museo del Prado, 1872.

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 53, n.400.

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 1735.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 564.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. 227.

Seipel, Wilfried, Francisco de Goya 1746-1828 : Prophet Der Moderne, Dumont Literatur Und Kunst Verlag, Köln, 2005, pp. 322, nº 146.

Goya: luces y sombras. Obras maestras del Museo del Prado, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo, 2011, pp. 276-277.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 255 nº165.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 400.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1735.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 388.

Inscriptions +

[Fragmento del sello de la Dirección del Museo Nacional de Pinturas, Museo de la Trinidad]
Printmaking. Front, upper area

184
Inscribed in pencil. Front, lower right corner

30
Inscribed in pencil. Front, upper right area

400
Inscribed in pencil. Lower area, Back, Secondary support

Con animales pasan su vida
Inscribed with black pencil. Front, lower area

LAOBRANOTIENETRANSCRIPCIONES

Exhibitions +

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

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 - Profeta de la Modernidad (Berlín / Viena)
Viena
18.10.2005 - 29.01.2006

Update date: 28-08-2021 | Registry created on 16-07-2021

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