GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de
(b. 1746, Fuendetodos, d. 1828, Bordeaux)

Duel with Cudgels

Oil on canvas, 123 x 266 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

This painting (Rina a garrotzos;Dos forasteros) was originally in the first floor room of the Quinta del Sordo.

Two men are battling each other with cudgels. Both are standing up to their knees in sand, so that neither can run away, and it remains unclear whether even the victor will be able to extricate himself. There are no spectators in sight. Bloody madness in a bleak landscape.