Caprichos

Caprichos
Artist:
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
Date:
c. 1855
Medium:
Etchings with aquatint, burnished aquatint, drypoint, and burin on wove paper 
Dimensions:
sheet: 12 5/8 x 8 1/2 in. (32.0675 x 21.59 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1973.09.1.01-80.G 
Copyright:
 
Not on View
Description

2nd Edition

"Los Caprichos" was Goya's first important series of prints. These satirical caricatures boldly attack the attitudes, morals, and behaviors of the church, the Inquisition, the government, and the royal family, though Goya himself referred to them as merely "a collection of whimsical subjects." The series sold poorly and Goya was forced to remove them from the market after only two days. Ironically, the plates and remaining prints were given to the king in 1803 in exchange for a pension for Goya's son.

Provenance:

(Sale, London, Sotheby’s, 8 December 1972, lot 107, bought in;
sold 11 May 1973, to);
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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