Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Francisco José de Goya

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Fuendetodos 1746-1828 Bordeaux)
Bajan riñendo (They go down quarrelling) or Vision de bajar riñendo (Vision: going down quarrelling)

brush and grey wash, scraping on a strong Dutch paper
9¼ x 5 5/8 in. (234 x 143 mm.)

“Two women are falling through the air: one, grinning broadly, grabs the hair of the other who screams in pain. It is hard to know if the two figures (is it a couple?) who are floating at the top (one is holding a tambourine) are embracing each other or are in the midst of a serious fight. The descent of the figures is emphasized by the movement of their clothing. Intense patches of black and grey tones along with overlaid rapid, free strokes and the scraping creating lighter areas also help to suggest the falling movement. The two figures at the top are completely covered by dark wash almost as if they are only shadows. In contrast, portions of the bodies of the two old women in the foreground are left blank, conveying an almost sculptural quality and giving the illusion that they are ready to spring from the page.”

(Juliet Wilson-Bareau in Christies’ catalogue, London, King Street 8 July 2008) Sold for $4.5 million.

De drie werken -naast "Bajar riñendo" ook "Constable Lampiños stitched into a dead horse" en "Repentance"- zijn afkomstig uit het schetsboek van Goya. Ze werden in 1877 samen met een honderdtal andere tekeningen in Parijs geveild. Sindsdien was het onduidelijk waar ze gebleven waren. De werken werden ontdekt in een Zwitserse privéverzameling.

A ne pas manquer

Mairie du 5ème à Paris:
5e exposition "Goya,
l'oeuvre gravée de Beaudelaire à Malraux"
à la salle des Fêtes du 5 Juillet au 14 Octobre.

Mairie du 5e, salle des Fêtes
Mairie du 5e arrondissement
21 place du Panthéon

Tél. : 01 56 81 75 05

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Photographs Masterwatercolors 2008 copyright.


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