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It's a Pity You Don't Have Something Else to Do!

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It's a Pity You Don't Have Something Else to Do!




about 1808–1814


Brush and sepia wash and pen and black ink

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20.3 × 14 cm (8 × 5 1/2 in.)

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Throughout his work, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes expressed himself freely and often with humor. This page from his "Album C" seems, at first glance, to be one of his depictions of working girls. This young woman, however, wears a fine dress, jewelry, and a rather coy hairstyle and displays a graceful, almost cultivated bearing. She is pretty, not vacuous, but her questioning gaze and awkward cradling of the jug betray her uncertainty. Goya's caption, the drawing's title, tells the whole story: He admonishes her for playing at being a peasant, a practice then fashionable among the upper classes. Even as he rebuked this young woman, he flattered her, setting her alone and off-center on the sheet with a few pen strokes and a bit of wash to give her grounding. At least seventy years old when he made this drawing, Goya remained fluid and spontaneous in his technique, quickly capturing the swaying of her skirt and the little crinkles in her sleeve.

18th and 19th Century Drawings (March 15 to May 29, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 15 to May 29, 1994
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
Goya: drawings from his private albums (February 22 to May 13, 2001)
  • The Hayward Gallery (London), February 22 to May 13, 2001
Goya: La imagen de la mujer (October 30, 2001 to June 2, 2002)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), March 10 to June 2, 2002
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
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