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Goya’s black paintings: Half-submerged dog

Goya’s black paintings: Half-submerged dog

Artist Francisco Goya
Title Half-submerged dog
Year 1819-1823
Technique Mural (later converted to canvas)
Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Francisco Goya - Black Paintings - Half-submerged dog

Half-submerged dog

This is the most enigmatic of all the black paintings. A dog, half submerged (quicksand? or is the dog just standing behind a rim?), gazing into emptiness, and nothing else. The whole painting emanates emptiness, a sense of loss, loneliness. Some critics have stated that the painting is unfinished. It is possible, though the painting is expressive enough as it stands.

The landscape is strangely sketchy. Actually, if you leave out the dog there would not even be a landscape, just some coloured planes.

Half-submerged dog is also known as The dog.

Half-submerged dog is on display in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

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