The Knifegrinder (Goya)

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The Knifegrinder
Le Rémouleur Francisco de Goya.jpg
ArtistFrancisco de Goya
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions68 cm × 50.5 cm (27 in × 19.9 in)
LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest

The Knifegrinder (Spanish - El afilador) was an 1808-1812 easel painting by Francisco de Goya. According to the art historian Juliet Wilson Bareau, it and The Water Bearer were painted for the house of painting in Madrid[1].


On the death of his wife Josefa Bayeu in 1812, he made an inventory of his paintings at Fuendetodos. The Knifegrinder was valued at 300 reales and catalogued under number 13, the same number as The Water Bearer and The Servant with a Pitcher[2].

According to the art historian Manuela Mena, the painting was sold directly to prince Alois Wenzel Kaunitz (ambassador to Spain from the Austrian Empire) by the painter after the Peninsular War. Shortly afterwards it was sold to Nicolas Esterházy - the Esterházy collection was acquired by the Hungarian state in 1870, forming the nucleus of the Museum of Fine Arts[3].


  1. ^ (in Spanish) Fondation Goya en Aragon (ed.): « The Water Bearer ».
  2. ^ Artehistoria (ed.): " taille-crayon ".
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Mena Marqués (2009) p. 340