They are Dying

Object Details

Title:

They are Dying

Artist/Maker(s):
Culture:

Spanish

Date:

about 1825 - 1828

Medium:

Black chalk, lithographic crayon, stumping

Dimensions:

18.9 x 14.4 cm (7 7/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

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A gaunt man in tattered clothes sits clutching a basket. He is starving, as suggested by the title of the drawing: Se muer[en] (They are dying). On the other side of the emaciated figure, faces stare out from the shadows. Another basket sits empty in the foreground.

The rough and energetic handling of black chalk expresses the seriousness of the subject matter in this drawing of intense pathos. This drawing comes from "Album G," one of the two albums Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes compiled when he was living in Bordeaux at the end of his life. Many of the sheets from the series show Goya's interest in representing people on the fringes of society. He often chose disturbing subject matter to point out humanity's injustice and hypocrisy.

Exhibitions
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560 -1825 (September 14 to November 28, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 14 to November 28, 1999
Window onto Spain: Drawings and Prints from Ribera to Goya (February 17 to May 16, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 17 to May 16, 2004