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Francisco Goya (1746–1828)
Dejalo todo a la probidencia (Leave It All to Providence)
Brush and black wash
Inscribed by the artist at lower center, in pencil, Dejalo todo a la probidencia; numbered at upper center in pen and brown ink, 40
10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (267 x 184 mm)
Thaw Collection; 1999.22
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Among the most famous of Goya's albums is the suite of drawings known as the Black Border Album because of the single or double lines with which he framed each figure or group. The drawings have the impact of independent or finished works of art. Here, the solitary figure of a melancholic peasant woman swathed in shawls is sharply contrasted to the bare line of landscape behind her. Her gentle face cast in half shadow, her eyes downcast, she is resigned to her fate.

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