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A Young Witch Flying on a Rope Swing, c. 1824-1828

Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
black chalk and lithographic crayon on greenish-white laid paper
19.1 x 15.5 cm
Purchased 1923
National Gallery of Canada (no. 2996)

In addition to preparatory drawings for his prints, Goya also made drawings that he kept in bound albums, apparently just for himself. The " Young Witch " and the " Death of Anton Requena " both come from Goya's last drawing album, made while he was in exile in Bordeaux during the final years of his life. The woman sails magically through the air on a rope held in her hands, aided only by the wings on her shoes. Nothing else about her suggests she might be a witch, but the distinction between seductive young women and witches is often blurred in Goya's work.

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