Francisco de Goya - 4 etchings from "Los Caprichos"

Francisco de Goya - 4 etchings from "Los Caprichos"
Etching - Stamp of the printer on the reverse - 1797-1798

4 etchings from the series Los Caprichos by Francisco de Goya
This set of 80 copper plate etchings was published for the first time in 1799, but Los caprichos were withdrawn from public sale very shortly after their release, after only 27 copies of the set had been purchased.
The prints here for sale are from the edition by Jean de Bonnot in 1970.
They're printed on Vélin de Lana paper and each plate is stamped by the publisher on the reverse.
Sheet size : 45 x 31 cm each.

The prints were an artistic experiment: a medium for Goya's condemnation of the universal follies and foolishness in the Spanish society in which he lived. The criticisms are far-ranging and acidic; he speaks against the predominance of superstition, the ignorance and inabilities of the various members of the ruling class, pedagogical short-comings, marital mistakes and the decline of rationality. Some of the prints have anticlerical themes. 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".[1]

The work was an enlightened, tour-de-force critique of 18th-century Spain, and humanity in general. The informal style, as well as the depiction of contemporary society found in Caprichos, makes them (and Goya himself) a precursor to the modernist movement almost a century later. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters in particular has attained an iconic status.

Lot details
Francisco de Goya
Title of artwork
4 etchings from "Los Caprichos"
Stamp of the printer on the reverse
In good condition
Sold with frame
Image size
230×150 mm
Total dimensions
450×310×1 mm
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