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The Disasters of war by Francisco Goya

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By Francisco Goya

The strikingly unique characterizations and sharply drawn scenes that got here to be recognized posthumously as Los Desastres de l. a. Guerra (The mess ups of struggle) are between Francisco Goya's strongest works and one of many masterpieces of Western civilization. Goya's version for his visible indictment of conflict and its horrors used to be the Spanish revolt of 1808 and the ensuing Peninsular struggle with Napoleonic France. The bloody clash and the terrible famine of Madrid have been witnessed by means of Goya himself, or have been published to him from the money owed of pals and contemporaries. From 1810 to 1820, he labored to immortalize them in a sequence of etchings.
The artist himself by no means observed the consequences. The etchings weren't released till 1863, a few 35 years after his dying. by way of then, the passions of the Napoleonic period had subsided and the satirical implications in Goya's paintings have been much less prone to offend. The Dover version reproduces in its unique measurement the second one nation of this primary version, which contained eighty prints. 3 extra prints no longer within the 1863 version also are integrated the following, making this the main whole assortment attainable of the etchings Goya meant for this sequence. The sour, biting captions are reprinted, in addition to the recent English translations, as are the unique identify web page and preface.

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4 LAS MUGERES DAN VALOR · The women give courage. 5 Y SON FIERAS · And are like wild beasts. 6 BIEN TE SE ESTÁ · It serves you right. 7 QUE VALOR! · What courage! 8 SIEMPRE SUCEDE · This always happens. 9 NO QUIEREN · They do not want to. 10 TAMPOCO · Nor do these. 11 NI POR ESAS · Or these. 12 PARA ESO HABEIS NACIDO · This is what you were born for. 13 AMARGA PRESENCIA · Bitter presence. 14 DURO ES EL PASO! · The way is hard! 15 Y NO HAI REMEDIO · And it can’t be helped. 16 SE APROVECHAN · They avail themselves.

Self-taught, he may be said to have founded a school single-handedly, with a mode of artistic vision which no one before him possessed, which perhaps no one after him will attain. It is not the purpose of this Academy to write a critique of the genius and the works of this extraordinary man, who has already been appraised with a degree of accuracy by his countrymen and by foreigners. By making available a hitherto unpublished collection of his esteemed etchings, we are merely fulfilling an honorable duty by helping to make still better known the characteristic works of such a distinguished master and such a worthy member of this artistic body.

Falleció en Burdeos á los 84 años de edad el 16 de Abril de 1828. Preface to the Original Edition The name of Goya is well known to all lovers of the arts. It has traversed Spain and crossed her borders, accompanied by well-deserved fame. Despite the lack of fairness with which men of true merit are generally judged by their contemporaries, the generation now coming to an end, who knew him and consorted with him in his prime, the generation today at its halfway mark, who knew him in his last years, and the generation beginning its artistic career, who have seen his works and heard their fathers and teachers speak of him: all unanimously give him an honored place in the long and brilliant line of Spanish artists.

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