Francisco Goya

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Francisco Goya
Just Because She Is Asked if Her Mother Is Well She Acts Like a Tigress (Solo porque le pregunta, si esta buena su madre se pone como un tigre). Verso: Trust (Confianza)
Gray wash.
9 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches (235 x 147 mm)
Thaw Collection.

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Goya's early drawings feature familiar characters: the young and seductive maja, the old bawd playing her mother, and the unsuspecting dandy. The humor lies in the contrast between the social classes and the ironic presentation of the hag as the young lady's mother. The artist's depictions of gallants interacting with majas--middle-class young women who adopted stylish dress and forthright social and sexual attitudes--attest to the increasing prevalence of women in Madrid and the conflicting regards in which these modern women were held. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"


Inscribed by the artist along lower edge, in brush and black ink wash, "solo p[r] q. [e]"

Javier Goya; Mariano Goya; Valentín Carderera, Madrid; F. de Madrazo, Madrid; Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, Venice; Henriette Fortuny, Venice; Otto Wertheimer, Paris; private collection, Basel; H. M. Calmann, London; private collection, Switzerland; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
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Goya, Javier, former owner.
Goya, Mariano, former owner.
Carderera y Solano, Valentín, 1796-1880, former owner.
Madrazo, F. de, former owner.
Fortuny, Mariano, 1838-1874, former owner.
Fortuny, Henriette, former owner.
Wertheimer, Otto, 1896-1973, former owner.
Calmann, Hans M., former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.


The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 172, repr.
Denison, Cara D. et al. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 48.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 38, repr. [Stephanie Wiles]

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