Inventory number
P06323
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Cats fighting
Chronology
1786
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
56,5 cm x 196,5 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Animals
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection: Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid; Royal Palace, Madrid, “sótanos del oficio de tapicería”, 1856-1857; Prado Museum, 1870 (R. O. 18.1.1870 / R. O. 9.2.1870)

Two cats, their fur standing up and their backs arched, spit and face off on top of a brick wall.

This is one of the cartoons for the Prince and Princess of Asturias' dining room in El Pardo.

As its narrow horizontal format shows, it was designed to hang over a door, a position favored by the perspective the painter gave it. Goya offers a perfect analysis of the cats' postures, which he represents with great naturalism, thanks to the study of this animal appearing in his Italian Notebook from 1771. He repeated this subject in his Caprichos in 1799.

 
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