They already go plucked (1799) by Francisco Goya

They already go plucked - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

TitleThey already go plucked
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions21.8 x 15.2 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About They already go plucked

The artwork “They already go plucked” by Francisco Goya, created in 1799, is an etching on paper measuring 21.8 x 15.2 cm. Part of the “Los caprichos” series, this piece falls within the Romanticism movement and is classified under the caricature genre. The original etching is held in a private collection.

Depicted in this darkly satirical work are a group of figures arranged in the foreground and middle distance. The main focus is on well-dressed women accompanied by a bird-like figure with outstretched wings positioned just above them, which appears to engage with the women in an ambiguous interaction. To the left, a figure holds a broom aloft, evoking menacing undertones, while other figures show less distinguished silhouettes.

In the foreground, a line of anthropomorphic creatures, resembling plucked chickens, are huddled together. This representation alludes to the title “They already go plucked,” indicating a symbolic plucking or loss. The artwork reflects Goya’s critical eye on societal behaviors and his propensity for the allegorical interpretation of human nature.

Other Artwork from Francisco Goya

More Romanticism Artwork

Scroll to Top