We proudly present a recently found original version of the world famous cartoon by the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya. The cartoon was created as the part of series for the tapestries in the king Carlos IV’s office at El Escorial, it was a kind of sketch commissioned by the Royal tapestry factory.
Though this work made him famous, Goya was not happy to do it because he thought he could make more important work (the artists feel the same through centuries!). After making the tapestries after cartoons, the originals were forgotten for centuries and were discovered only in 1860. They were restored and donated to the Prado Museum.
Goya created the first version of the cartoon in 1791, at that time nobody expected the Spanish inquision any more, but political climat in the country was still very far from joy and freedom. At the original sketch Goya painted 4 girls enjoing their play with the big orange Cat. But the client, the Royal tapestry, didn’t approved the design, and the artist created another, bigger version (now in Prado), where he painted the sad straw manikin instead of joyful Cat. Being upset with the dictate of the client, Goya depicted himself as the doll without his own will, depending of the caprices of society.
By the will of gods, this original sketch with the Cat was recently found. This cartoon is smaller than widely known version of Prado, it is 74 х 128 cm, and it is in perfect state. We are ready to donate it to the Prado museum also. We want the people to discover it and to realise that an artist must feel himself as a joyful cat, and not as a manikin depending of the dictate of clients, the will of politicians, caprices of fashions, tendencies of the market and the taste of art criticists. And then the Beauty will save the world.