Desastres de la Guerra: I Saw It (Yo Lo Vi)
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
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"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.


  • Artist Name: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
  • Title: Desastres de la Guerra: I Saw It (Yo Lo Vi)
  • Date: 1863
  • Medium: Etching, burnished aquatint, lavis, drypoint, burin, and burnisher on wove paper
  • Edition: 1st edition b
  • Dimensions: plate: 16 x 23.5 cm. (6 5/16 x 9 1/4 in); sheet: 24.1 x 32.4 cm. (9 1/2 x 12 3/4 in)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1968.03.44.G
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

(Sale, London, Christie’s, 28 November 1967, lot 201, bought in and sold 5 December 1967, to);
The Norton Simon Foundation.
  • Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Goya in the Norton Simon Museum,2016, cat. 64 pp. 134 (ill.), 223, 268
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best,2010, cat. 400 p. 293

Additional Artwork by Artist

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Caprichos: Here Comes the Bogey-Man (Que viene el coco) Francisco de Goya y Lucientes 1799
Caprichos: Nanny's Boy (El de la rollona) Francisco de Goya y Lucientes 1799

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