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Español: Autorretrato en el taller
English: Self-portrait in the Studio
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||42 x 28 cm|
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|JPEG file comment||GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de
(b. 1746, Fuendetodos, d. 1828, Bordeaux)
Self-Portrait in the Workshop 1790-95 Oil on canvas, 42 x 28 cm Museo de la Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid
In this remarkable self-portrait that he painted in the early 1790s, Goya is at work on a large upright canvas, presumably a portrait, his eyes turned away from it towards his subject, which contemporary viewers might well have recognized as themselves. Bright sunshine floods from a large window behind the painter, and he wears a curious hat with candle holders on the brim.
It was undoubtedly as a portrait painter that Goya won fame and advancement and the special praise of Carderera, who observed his 'astonishing facility for portrait painting. He customarily painted portraits in a single session and these were the most life-like.' To this Goya's son added a detail that explains the unusual hat, with metal candlesticks around the crown, that he wears in the self-portrait in his studio: 'He painted only in one session, sometimes of ten hours, but never in the late afternoon. The last touches for the better effect of a picture he gave at night, by artificial light.' Goya's biographer, Matheron, also commented on this practice: 'He was so jealous of the effect that - like our Girodet who painted at night, his head crowned with candles - he gave the last touches to his canvases by candlelight.'
Author: GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de Title: Self-Portrait in the Workshop Form: painting Time-line: 1801-1850 School: SpanishType: portrait
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