Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
Brush and gray wash on laid paper
Sheet: 5 7/8 × 3 9/16 in. (15 × 9.1 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1935
Not on view
Goya is highly regarded as a remarkable portrait painter with the rare ability to move beyond physical appearances to capture the essence of a sitter. During his long career he produced a number of self-portraits of which, this is one of the most powerful. Goya looks directly at the viewer with mesmerizing intensity. Yet the portrait seems to be somewhat introspective, a close examination of himself, conveying emotional clarity and precision. Between October 1792 and February 1793 Goya suffered a serious illness which left him profoundly deaf for the rest of his life. Deprived of his hearing, the interior world that Goya must have inhabited is well expressed in this portrait, where the intensity of his thoughts seem manifest in his gaze. The head is the only carefully resolved part of the sheet, his garments are only lightly indicated. The badge attached to his lapel is inscribed with his name ‘Goya’. The purpose of the drawing is not known. It might have been made purely through self-reflection and his desire to capture his physical likeness reflecting his psychological state, or possibly as a sheet to give to a friend or even, as an idea to later develop into a print.
Inscription: Numbered in pen and dark brown ink at upper right: '1.' [pertaining to Fortuny Album, no.1]; inscribed by the artist in brush and gray wash upside down on lapel pin: 'Goya'
Xavier Goya?; Mariano Goya?; Valentin Carderera (Madrid); Federico de Madrazo y Küntz (Spanish, Rome 1815–1894 Madrid); Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (Venice, 1894–1935)
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