Francisco Goya’s morals and fears

F. Goya. Why did he die? From Los Caprichos series. 1796−1797. Print,
aquatint

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum continues the exhibition Dark Dreams: The Prints of Francisco Goya dedicated to the prints by the great Spanish artist. The exposition includes 99 prints from two famous series Los Caprichos and Los Disparates (also known as Los Proverbios). The unique early Goya’s prints were provided by Arthur Ross Foundation, New York who is engaged in preservation of historical heritage and collecting of works of art to expose them in future.

Francisco Goya compiled his etchings in thematic albums. Sometimes it took him many years. His first series Los Caprichos (1797−1798) includes 80 prints made in the medium of etching and aquatint. The artist depicted a series of satirical scenes mocking human’s faults. In general he represented the complicated social and political situation in Spain of the 19th century. Los Caprichos became a strict ironic criticism of numerous vices of society, power and religion. This series also includes Goya’s fanciful world of human’s fears and illusions in the images of demons and mythological beings. The Dream of Reason Engenders Monsters is the core work of this series. The artist depicted himself sleeping among monsters created by his own fantasy.

Los Caprichos was followed by the later Disparates series. The exhibition will represent 18 etchings from this series. Goya had been creating this album since 1820–1823. However it was issued only in 1863 in Madrid titled Los Proverbios (Proverbs), a decade later after the artist’s death. Moreover, the exposition features the lithograph Bulls’ Fighting at Separated Arena from the Bordeaux series (1825).

The curators of Zimmerli Museum exposed not only F. Goya’s graphic works but also 12 works by such artist as Pablo Picasso, Enrique Chagoya, Yinka Shonibare. It shows the influence of Goya’s work on the artist of future period.

The exhibition is opened till November 16.

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