Francisco Goya

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Francisco Goya
1746-1828
They Go Well Together (Muy acordes)
ca. 1816-1820
Gray wash.
10 5/16 x 7 1/4 inches (265 x 184 mm)
Thaw Collection.
1984.1
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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.

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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".
Provenance: 
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.
Bibliography: 

Thaw Catalogue Raisonné, 2017, 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]

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Watermark: fragment, lower right [HO]NIG.
From the Black Border Album (E), page 50.

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