Francisco Goya

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Francisco Goya
They Go Well Together (Muy acordes)
Gray wash on laid paper.
10 5/16 x 7 1/4 inches (265 x 184 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Inscribed by the artist at lower center in pencil, "Muy accordes". Numbered by the artist at upper center in pen and brown ink, "50"; numbered by Javier Goya at upper right, "63".
Watermark: Fragment, lower right [HO]NIG.

Paul Lebas, Paris; sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 3 April 1877, no. 102 (as "Très-d'accord"); De Beurnonville, Paris; his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 16-19 February 1885, part of lot 50; Clément, Paris; Alfred Beurdeley, Paris (Lugt 421); his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 2-4 June 1920, no. 172; Rosenthal; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 175, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 67, repr.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 345.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 39, repr. [Todd Magreta]


From the Black Border Album (E), page 50.
After a sustained period of instability and conflict during the Peninsular War (1807-14), Goya again began receiving royal commissions in 1814. With the funds provided by royal patronage, he procured fine-quality paper and ink and began the drawings in his Black Border Album. Many of these sheets defy clear and easy interpretation. In They Go Well Together, the deaf artist depicted a couple, both apparently blind, making music and singing. --Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"
Music played a central role for Goya and his patrons. This sheet, the last known page from his Black Border Album, depicts a blind couple singing a cante jondo, a genre of Andalusian folk music. Following a grave illness in 1793, Goya permanently lost his hearing. The "close harmony" in the caption implies not only the musical accord of voices and guitar but also the compassion with which Goya treated the protagonists, given his own physical impairment. Moody and melancholic, this sheet foreshadows Goya's Black Paintings and the looming threat of the Inquisition. -- Exhibition Label, from "Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings"

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Lebas, Paul, former owner.
Beurnonville, E. de, baron, former owner.
Beurdeley, Alfred, 1847-1919, former owner.
Rosenthal, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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