19th Century: Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya Lucientes    

Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
Following a traumatic illness in 1792, Spanish Academy artist and court painter Francisco José de Goya Y Lucientes turned his back on the decorative scenes and portraits that had built his reputation to pursue the morbid and fantastical images that would come to define his mature style. One of the most celebrated and masterful etchers in the history of the medium, Goya’s savage satirical attacks on Spanish society, the abuses of the Church, war and human nature are given vivid expression in his individual prints and four major print series: Los Caprichos, Los Desastres de la Guerra, La Tauromaquia, and Los Proverbios

Los Desastres de la Guerra
 Colección de ochenta láminas inventadas y grabadas al agua-forte / Por / Don Francisco Goya / Publicala in Real Academia de Belles Artes de San Fernando / Madrid / 1906. The first edition was published in 1863 in an edition of 500. The second edition was printed in the Calcografia for the Real Academia in 1892 in an edition of 100 impressions. Harris says that the plates were probably steel-faced before the making of this edition and notes that the edition is generally well printed but that the impressions are considerably inferior to those of the first edition. The third edition was also made in the Calcografia for the Real Academia and was printed in 1903 in an edition of 100 impressions, which Harris describes as "very inferior to the second" edition. The fourth edition was made in the Calcografia for the Real Academia in 1906 Harris describes it as "excellently printed on very suitable papers. The impressions are generally a little inferior to those of the second edition but are better than those of the third

Two single prints
from the fourth edition
 of the disasters of the war.
Excellent impressions
from the 1906 edition of Los Desastres de la Guerra,"

"Even Worse."
  Text in the lower portion of the image reads: Tante Y Mas
Signed "Goya 1810." 
Approximate Dimensions: 5 x 7 7/8 inches.
Harris 142 III 4.  Etching. Plate 22

"Nov (do these) Either." 
  Approximate Dimensions: 5 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches
Text in the lower portion of the image reads: Tampoco

"Harris 130 III 4.  Etching. Plate 10

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