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Out hunting for teeth
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de See author's file

Out hunting for teeth

Ca. 1797. Black chalk, Red chalk on laid paper. Not on display

Criticism of false beliefs is one of the core topics of the Caprichos series. Goya here portrays a repugnant manner of obtaining teeth from a hanged man, since they were very popular for casting magic spells to attract men as it was assumed that they would transmit the dead man´s strength. Goya presents a scene with a noticeable diagonal composition which creates a scene of instability, while showing the horrified face of the woman, unable even to look directly or touch the hanged man, who is shown with his neck dislocated.

On February 6, 1799, an advertisement was published in the Diario de Madrid announcing that the eighty etchings constituting the Caprichos series were up for sale.

As mentioned in the announcement, the Caprichos are above all a work of satire, designed to criticize man´s vices and the absurdities of human behavior. The etchings can be grouped around four main themes unquestionably critical in tone. The first one deals with deception in relationship between men and women: courtship, prostitution and marriage of convenience. The second group satirizes poor education and ignorance, and shows the consequences of misguided teachings, using superstition and witchcraft as the supreme manifestation of a lack of appropriate instruction. The third is a condemnation of vice, present in civil society and the clergy. And finally there is his protest against the abuses of power: the Inquisition, the arrogance of the ruling classes, the exploitation of the people and the injustices of the law.

Goya produced preparatory drawings for all the etchings, although some have still not been found. After the initial series of drawings for Dreams, produced with pen and ink, he used red chalk almost exclusively so he could transfer them to etchings as faithfully as possible.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Santander, Fundación Botín, 2017, p.78-79 n.36; 176-177 n.36


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A caza de dientes
Etching on ivory laid paper, 1797 - 1799
Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Out hunting for teeth
Ca. 1797
Black chalk; Red chalk
Laid paper
Height: 236 mm.; Width: 166 mm.
Caprichos [dibujo], 12

Bibliography +

Gassier, Pierre, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 475 y 604.

Salas, Xavier de, El Arte de Goya, Ministerio de Auntos Exteriores, Tokio, 1971, pp. nº 60.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Estudios para Grabados y Pinturas, II, Noguer, Barcelona, 1975, pp. 112 y 162.

Glendinning, Nigel, Goya, la década de los Caprichos : retratos 1792-1804, Real Academia Bellas Artes San Fernando, Madrid, 1992, pp. 84.

Blas, Javier, El Libro de los Caprichos: dos siglos de interpretaciones 1799-1999. Catálogo de los dibujos, pruebas de estado, láminas de cobre y estampas de la primera edición, Museo Nacional de Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 107 y 373.

Matilla, José Manuel, Estampas españolas de la Guerra de la Independencia: propaganda, conmemoración y testimonio, Universidad de Salamanca, 2008.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín, Santander, 2017, pp. 78-79 n.36; 176-177 n.36.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 114 nº 47.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 438.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 475.

Inscriptions +

[En el ángulo superior izquierdo:] 5 // [En el ángulo inferior izquierdo:] 53 // [En el ángulo inferior derecho:] 12.
Inscribed in pencil. Front


Exhibitions +

Goya. Drawings. "Only my Strength of Will Remains"
20.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Dibujos de Francisco de Goya
19.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya
22.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

Goya: la década de los Caprichos
26.10.1992 - 10.01.1993

Update date: 10-12-2020 | Registry created on 23-11-2017

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