She Is Bashful About Undressing, Leave Me in Peace (tiene cortedad de desnudarse, bayá estese V. quieto) (recto)

She Is Bashful About Undressing, Leave Me in Peace (tiene cortedad de desnudarse, bayá estese V. quieto) (recto)
Artist:
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
Date:
1796 - 1797  
Medium:
Brush and carbon black ink wash on laid paper 
Dimensions:
image: 7-5/8 x 5 in. (19.5 x 12.7 cm); sheet: 9-1/8 x 5-5/8 in. (23.2 x 14.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1974.04.2a.D 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View
Description

This sheet was page 79 of an album of Goya drawings commonly referred to as Madrid Album B. At one point before the book was disassembled presumably by Javier Goya, the artist’s grandson, it consisted of as many as 94 drawings dating from around 1794 to 1797. Both this page and the drawing on its verso were likely composed during Goya’s convalescence from a relapse of a more serious attack that occurred in 1792, one that left him temporarily paralyzed and permanently deaf. The album itself reflects Goya’s sentiments about love, erotic pleasures and everyday city life, all of which he may have witnessed during his recuperative tour of cities in southern Spain.

The caption written on this particular drawing states “Tiene cortedad de desnudarse, bayá estese V. quieto” (She is bashful about undressing. Go on, keep still, will you). It is a playful, lighthearted commentary on flirtation, street walkers and sensual pleasures. The rakish gallant leans gently towards the young girl, perhaps whispering encouragement or entreaties. Goya tells us she is bashful, but her coy response might also be interpreted as timid, hesitant, or simply begrudging.

Provenance:

William Bowers Bourne II, purchased c. 1915 for his home Filoli, San Mateo County, Calif., entire estate and contents sold 1937 to;
Mr. and Mrs. William P. Roth, by descent to their son;
William Matson Roth, San Francisco, sold 1974, through;
[R.E. Lewis, Larkspur, Calif., to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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