Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828)
Singing and Dancing (Cantar y Bailar)
c. 1819–20
Point of the brush and black ink, with scraping
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Princes Gate Bequest, 1978

An old crone is shown floating in the air, strumming a guitar and singing with an open mouth, while another woman sits on the ground, holding her nose and gazing up her companion's skirts. The spoon and bowl at lower left may imply that a magical substance caused the singing woman's levitation. Later in his career Goya filled several of his private albums with imaginative inventions, ranging from the sinister to the ironic.