Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Los Caprichos: Despacha, que dispiertan, 1799
Artist: Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, 1746-1828
Title: Los Caprichos: Despacha, que dispiertan
Medium: Etching and burnished aquatint on laid paper
Signature: Titled and numbered '78.' in plate
Description: Plate 78 from "Los Caprichos." A very good impression with full margins and all the subtle aquatint tones showing clearly overall. Likely 9th edition, with a watermark showing a portrait of Goya wearing a cap. 'Los Caprichos' is a set of 80 prints in aquatint and etching created in 1797 - 1798, and published as a cohesive set in 1799. The prints were a condemnation of the universal follies and foolishness in the Spanish society in which he lived. Goya described the series as depicting “the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society, and from the common prejudices and deceitful practices which custom, ignorance or self-interest have made usual.” Goya added brief explanations of each image to a manuscript, now in the Museo del Prado, which help greatly to explain his often cryptic intentions, as do the titles printed below each image.
Reference: Harris 113
Dimensions: 11 1/16 x 7 7/16 in.
Inventory Number: 915254Category: Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes Tags: Aquatints, Etchings
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