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Prostitute Soliciting a Fat, Ugly Man (recto); Young Woman Wringing Her Hands over a Man's Naked Body (verso)

Prostitute Soliciting a Fat, Ugly Man (recto); Young Woman Wringing Her Hands over a Man's Naked Body (verso)

(Spanish, 1746–1828)
Sheet: 23.5 x 14.5 cm (9 1/4 x 5 11/16 in.); Image: 18.7 x 12 cm (7 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Much of Francisco de Goya's graphic output of drawings and prints was not made public until well after his death.


Among the great figures of the pictorial arts in the West, Francisco de Goya is one of the very few whose work as a graphic artist is arguably even more important than his paintings. Alongside a prodigious output of prints, he created eight sketchbooks of drawings over the course of 30 years. This double-sided sheet comes from the so-called Album B, or Madrid Album, which, like all of them, was scattered throughout the world in public and private collections after his death. The drawings reveal Goya’s powers of invention and observation, and his biting satire. On the recto side of the sheet, a vulgar encounter between a prostitute and a pot-bellied lecher reveals the bluntness of the Goya’s social criticism. The verso drawing is less easily pinned down, though it follows traditional iconography for representations of Saint Margaret of Cortona, a nobleman’s mistress who repented and entered a convent after her lover’s dog led her to his murdered corpse.
  • 1828-1854
    by inheritance from the artist to his son, Javier Goya y Bayeu (1784-1854), Madrid
    1854-around 1855-60
    by inheritance to his son, Mariano Goya y Goicoechea (1806-1874), Madrid
    around 1855/60
    sold by Mariano to Valentin Carderera y Solano (1796-1880), Madrid, or to Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz (1806-1874), Madrid, or his brother-in-law Román Garreta y Huerta
    around 1866-75
    Given or sold by Madrazo to Scipione Vannutelli (1834–1894), Rome
    by descent to his heirs, the Clementi-Vannutelli family.
    ?-around 1987
    Dorothy Braude Edinburg (1920-2015), Boston
    around 1987
    Jo-Ann Edinburg Pinkowitz, John Edinburg, and Hope Edinburg, Boston
    their sale, Sotheby's, New York, 12 November 1987, lot 108
    with David Carritt Ltd/Artemis Group, London and New York
    the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Mariani, Valerio, "Primo centenario dalla morte di Francesco Goya : disegni inediti" Arte 31 (1928): 97-108. pp. 104-107
    Wehle, Harry B. Fifty Drawings by Francisco Goya. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1938. p. 13 (as Girl Mourning her Dead Lover" and "Young Woman Unconvinced"
    López-Rey, José. Goya's Caprichos: Beauty, Reason & Caricature. [Princeton]: Princeton University Press, 1953. 2 vols. 1: pp. 38-39; 2: figs. 39-40.
    Sayre, Eleanor. A. "Eight Books of Drawings by Goya: 1," Burlington Magazine CVI: 730-741 (Jan. to Dec. 1964): 19-30. no. 49-50, p. 28
    Gassier, Pierre, Juliet Wilson-Bareau, and François Lachenal. The Life and Complete Work of Francisco Goya: With a Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Drawings and Engravings. New York: Reynal, in association with William Morrow, 1971. cats. 413-413, p. 174
    Goya, Francisco, and Pierre Gassier. Drawings: The Complete Albums. New York: Praeger, 1973. pp. 85, 86; cats. 49, 50, pp. 129-130.
    Camón Aznar, José. Fran. de Goya. [Zaragoza]: Instituto Camon Aznar, 1980. 4 vols. III: nos. 49-50, p. 15
    "The Cleveland Museum of Art Acquires Goya and Benton Drawings," Drawing 17 (Nov. 1995-Mar. 1996): 105- p. 105
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Diane DeGrazia, and Carter E. Foster. Master Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art in association with Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 2000. Mentioned: P. 11, 84-87, 287; Reproduced: p. 85-86, cat. no. 51
    Cleveland Museum of Art. The CMA Companion: A Guide to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2014. Mentioned and reproduced: P. 161
  • Master Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 27-October 17, 2000); The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY (May 23-August 19, 2001); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX (October 14, 2001-January 6, 2002).
    Treasures on Paper from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (March 9-June 8, 2014).
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