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This is the truth
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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This is the truth

1814 - 1815. Red chalk on laid paper. Not on display

A preparatory drawing for Disasters of War, 82, This is What is True. The ruin of post-war Spain and the return to Fernando VII’s pre-constitutional tenets left no room at all for hope. All that Goya could do was to present what he considered that situation’s antithesis: an idyllic world where Peace shows Man that only by cultivating the fruits of the Earth will he be able to recover life and wealth. This drawing is related to Disasters 79 and 80.

In this series of prints executed between 1810 and 1814 Goya offers a critical and personal vision of the consequences of the Spanish Peninsular War (1808-14) that is remote from the propagandistic images produced by his contemporaries. Through his etchings the artist condemned the irrationality of war and the brutality of both sides, which inevitably resulted in suffering, pain and death. The series’ meaning transcends a visual presentation of a specific conflict and can be considered the first critique of war in general. Disasters of War was the title added by the Real Academia de San Fernando in 1863 for the first edition of these prints, which were not published in Goya’s lifetime.

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This is the truth
Etching on continuous paper, 1814 - 1815
Inventory number
D003986
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
This is the truth
Date
1814 - 1815
Technique
Red chalk
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height: 147 mm.; Width: 205 mm.
Series
Desastres de la guerra [dibujo]
Provenance
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Valentín Carderera, Madrid, c. 1861; Mariano Carderera, Madrid, 1880; Museo del Prado, 1886.

Bibliography +

D'Achiardi, Pierre, Les Dessins de D. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes au Musée du Prado à Madrid, D. Anderson, Roma, 1908.

Mayer, August L., Francisco de Goya, Labor, Barcelona, 1925, pp. 231.

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 29, n.179.

Lafuente Ferrari, Enrique, Los desastres de la guerra de Goya y sus dibujos preparatorios, Instituto Amatller de Arte Hispánico, Barcelona, 1952, pp. 49, 76, 190.

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Los dibujos de Goya reproducidos a su tamaño y en su color. Estudios para Los Caprichos, Los Desastres de la guerra, La Tauromaquia y dibujos no grabados, I, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1954, pp. 142.

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 1139.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Estudios para Grabados y Pinturas, II, Noguer, Barcelona, 1975, pp. 310.

Derozier, C., La Guerre D'Independance Espagnole a Travers L'Estampe (1808..., II, Universidad de Lille, Lille, 1976, pp. 968.

Gillaud, J., Goya (1746-1828). Peintures, Dessins, Gravures, Centre Culturel du Marais, París, 1979, pp. nº 63.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. 228.

Pita Andrade, J. M., Álvarez Lopera, J. et al., Goya y la constitución de 1812, Ayuntamiento, Delegación de Cultura, Madrid, 1982, pp. nº 30.

Armstrong Roche, M., Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1988, pp. 453, il.2.

Wolf, R., Fatal Consequences : Callot, Goya and the Horrors of War, Dartmouth College, Hannover, 1990, pp. 48.

Blas, Javier, El libro de los desastres de la guerra Francisco de Goya. Vol. I, Museo del Prado: R.A.B.A.S.F., Madrid, 2000.

Nieto Alcaide, V, La guerra y lo imaginario en la pintura de Goya. En Historias inmortales, Barcelona, 2003, pp. 319-329.

Matilla, José Manuel, Estampas españolas de la Guerra de la Independencia: propaganda, conmemoración y testimonio, Universidad de Salamanca, 2008.

Bordes J., Matilla J.M., y Balsells S., Goya: cronista de todas las guerras : los Desastres y la fotografía de guerra, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno y Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria Y Madrid, 2009, pp. 244.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín, Santander, 2017, pp. 113 n.65.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 179.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1139.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. II 230.

Inscriptions +

"56" (repasado)
Inscribed. Front, lower left corner

"179" (sobre adhesivo)
Inscribed. Back, Upper area

LAOBRANOTIENETRANSCRIPCIONES

Exhibitions +

Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya
Santander
22.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

Temporary Installation: Constitutional ideas in Goya's work
Madrid
10.05.2012 - 17.09.2012

Update date: 04-08-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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