Art Gallery of Alberta

Francisco Goya: The Disasters of War and Los Caprichos
January 31-May 30, 2010


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Key Image

Los Caprichos Plate 43
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters   1797-1798
etching and aquatint on laid paper
32 x 21.2 cm; plate: 21.4 x 15.1 cm
Purchased 1951
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5953)

Supporting Image

Disasters of War Plate 5
And They Are Like Wild Beasts   c. 1810-1813
etching, aquatint, drypoint, and burnishing on heavy wove paper
Printed by Laurenciano Potenciano
framed, 41 x 51 cm; image, 24.5 x 33.8 cm; plate: 15.5 x 20.8 cm
Purchased 1933
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4128)



This exhibition features Francisco Goya’s infamous print suites: Los Caprichos (1799) and The Disasters of War (1810-1820). Created on the eve of the close of the 18th century, Los Caprichos focuses on themes related to the Spanish Inquisition, the abuses of the church and the nobility, witchcraft, avarice, and represents Goya’s critique of the social, cultural, religious world of the day. The Disasters of War, created by Goya only a decade later, documents the brutality of the Peninsular War and the atrocities that mankind inflicts upon itself. Together these two bodies of work have come to be seen as the most influential graphic series in the history of Western art.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada at the Art Gallery of Alberta, with the support of Capital Powered Art; an exhibition series sponsored by Capital Power Corporation.

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