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The blind guitarist (El ciego de la guitarra)

Artist:
Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
Date:
ca. 1778
Medium:
Etching; working proof touched with graphite
Dimensions:
Sheet: 14 in. × 21 5/8 in. (35.5 × 55 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jacob H. Schiff Bequest, 1922
Accession Number:
22.63.29
Not on view
In the spring of 1778 Goya submitted an oil cartoon depcting the blind guitatist to the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Barbara in Madrid for it to be woven into a tapestry. Because of the complexity of the design it proved too difficult for the weavers to interpret and alterations had to be made. This etching - his largest ever and the only print after one of his own works - is thought to record his first design before he modified it. The modified cartoon is today in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Goya recognized the ability of the etching medium to convey minute detail and in this print, he emphasises the different expressions of those surrounding the guitarist. Few impresions of this print are known. This is a working proof touched by the artist with graphite.
Inscription: Lettered 'Goya' on plate lower left

Marking: Stamped lower right of recto whe collectors mark of Alfred Beurdeley 1847-1919 (Lugt 421)
Alfred Beurdeley; Vendor: Maurice Le Garrec (French, died 1937)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Spain," April 18, 1989–July 16, 1989.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Goya in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 12, 1995–December 31, 1995.

Harris 20.I
Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré (XIXe et XXe siècles). vol. 15, Paris, 1922.

Tomás Harris Goya: Engravings and Lithographs Vol. I: Text and Illustrations; Vol.II: Catalogue Raisonné. Oxford, 1964.

Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein Goya in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., September 12 - December 31. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1995, Baticle, Jeannine. Goya. Paris: Fayard, 1992. Delteil, Loys. Le peinture graveur illustré. Vols. 14 and 15, Francisco Goya. Paris, 1922. Gassier, Pierre. Francisco Goya, Drawings: The Complete Albums. Translated by James Emmons and Robert Allen, fig. no. 2, p. 12, ill.



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