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The Disasters of War, 1937

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

Spanish, 1746-1828
Etchings (80)
plate: 7 x 8 5/8 in.; 17.78 x 21.9075 cm; sheet: 11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.575 x 36.5125 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1979.06.01-80.G

Not on view

7th Edition, Edition of 150, No. 53

"Disasters of War" is a commentary on the brutality and senselessness of war. Begun during the Napoleonic invasion and occupation of Spain (1808-1814), and published posthumously in 1863, this series of prints raises the visual horrors of war to a new level. Goya's imagery is visually more modern than the earlier depictions of violence found in the prints of Dutch and French artists. Here graphic scenes of torture, rape, mutilation, and execution confront the viewer with the physicality and psychology of human suffering. Goya is perhaps the first Western artist to capture the terrorism of war in the modern age.


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