Francisco Goya (1746 - 1828)
School Scene, c. 1777-1785
Oil on canvas - 19,7 x 38,7 cm
Zaragoza, Museo Provincial
Photo : Galería Caylus
13/06/2007 — Acquisition — Zaragoza (Spain), Museo Provincial — The government of Aragon (Spain) has just purchased a painting by Francisco Goya from the Caylus Gallery in Madrid for 2.5 million Euros which is to hang in the Zaragoza Museum. This work (ill.) had never been shown to the public before the present exhibit of XVIIIthC. Spanish paintings at the gallery. During the XIXthC. it belonged to a member of the clergy at the church of La Granja de San Ildefonso and then succesive private collectors in Madrid.
The piece is treated as a study although no large painting is known to correspond to this composition. The scene takes place in a school : the teacher, whip in hand, is spanking a child with his pants down, while other rascals, having already had their turn, cry their hearts out. One can see in the background their more studious schoolmates absorbed in their books or compositions.
Iberian museums once again show their buying power, thanks to private sponsorship as well as public funding. A large number of important Spanish paintings that are put up for sale on either the domestic or international market enter the national collections . The museum in Zaragoza is especially active as this is the third Goya acquired in just a few months (see on the website La Tribune de l’Art (in French) : News of January 28, 2007 and November 11, 2006).