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War Scene
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

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

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War Scene

1810 - 1814. Grey-brown wash, Red chalk on dark yellow laid paper. Not on display

This drawing related to the Disasters was never engraved. It is technically and stylistically related to five other ink drawings included in the group of preparatory drawings for The Disasters of War [D04271, D04355(v), D03978, D04355(r) and D04170]. Among all the drawings linked to that series, this group is strange in its overlapping of two different levels of ink and the addition of lines of red chalk, graphite or white chalk.

In this series of prints executed between 1810 and 1814 Goya offers a critical and personal vision of the consequences of the Spanish Peninsular War (1808-14) that is remote from the propagandistic images produced by his contemporaries. Through his etchings the artist condemned the irrationality of war and the brutality of both sides, which inevitably resulted in suffering, pain and death. The series’ meaning transcends a visual presentation of a specific conflict and can be considered the first critique of war in general. Disasters of War was the title added by the Real Academia de San Fernando in 1863 for the first edition of these prints, which were not published in Goya’s lifetime.

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Technical data

Inventory number
D003977
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
War Scene
Date
1810 - 1814
Technique
Grey-brown wash; Red chalk
Support
Dark yellow laid paper
Dimension
Height: 150 mm.; Width: 195 mm.
Series
Desastres de la guerra [dibujo]
Provenance
Javier Goya; Mariano Goya; Valentín Carderera; Mariano Carderera; Museo del Prado, 12-11-1886.

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 166.

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Los dibujos de Goya: reproducidos a su tamaño y en su color, I, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1954, pp. 143.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya, Drawings and Prints From the Museo del Prado and the Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Madrid, and The Rosenwald Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1955, pp. 17.

Malraux, André, An essay on Goya, Phaidon Press, Londres, 1957, pp. 91.

Harris, Tomas, Goya, engravings and lithographs, II, Bruno Cassirer, Oxford, 1964, pp. 303.

Gassier, Pierre, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 1148.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Estudios para grabados y pinturas., II, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 326.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel VerlagKunsthalle, Hamburgo Y Munich, 1980, pp. 135.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich - Hamburgo, 1980, pp. nº 85.

Goya /, Europalia, Bruselas, 1985, pp. 236.

Goya /, Europalia, España Y Bruselas, 1985, pp. 236.

Blas, Javier, El libro de los desastres de la guerra Francisco de Goya. Vol. I, Museo del Prado: R.A.B.A.S.F., Madrid, 2000.

Nieto Alcaide, V, La guerra y lo imaginario en la pintura de Goya. En Historias inmortales, Barcelona, 2003, pp. 319-329.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 166.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1148.

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Update date: 02-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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