Josefa Bayeu (1805) by Francisco Goya

Josefa Bayeu - Francisco Goya - 1805

Artwork Information

TitleJosefa Bayeu
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions11.1 x 8.1 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMarques de Casa Torres Collection, Madrid, Spain

About Josefa Bayeu

The artwork, titled “Josefa Bayeu,” is a portrait executed by the renowned artist Francisco de Goya in 1805. This artwork is rendered in chalk on paper and represents the Romanticism movement, capturing the essence and ideals of the time. Its dimensions are modest, measuring only 11.1 by 8.1 centimeters. It currently resides within the Marques de Casa Torres Collection in Madrid, Spain, emblematic of the cultural heritage preserved in this location.

The artwork showcases a profile portrait of a lady, presumably Josefa Bayeu, rendered in delicate, soft strokes of chalk which allow for a gentle yet expressive depiction of her features. The subject’s hair is styled with intricate details and ribbons, indicative of the period’s fashion. She is dressed in attire that drapes gracefully over her shoulders, adding a sense of elegance and poise. The artist’s skillful use of light and shadow brings a three-dimensional quality to the portrait, despite the artwork’s small scale, making it a fine example of Goya’s mastery in capturing human expression and the Romantic spirit in portraiture.

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