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Francisco Goya, ysele quema la casa

FRANCISCO GOYA (Fuendetodos 1746 - Bordeaux 1828) YSELE QUEMA LA CASA (And his house is on fire)
Etching and burnished aquatint, plate 18 from Los Caprichos (1797-98); Harris 53, III, 5. An impression from the fifth edition (1881-86), limited to 210 copies, printed in sepia ink on wove paper. With margins, generally in very good condition. To the platemark 218 x 152 mm, the entire sheet measuring 332 x 241 mm.

One of the most influential series of graphic images in the history of Western art, Los Caprichos provides a satirical and damning look at 18th-century Spanish society. In the 80 etchings that comprise the series, Goya depicted the peasantry's superstitious belief in witchcraft, the arrogance of the nobility, and the widespread corruption of the Catholic Church. First published in 1799, only a few copies of the first edition were sold. Despite Goya's attempts to veil the critical nature of the series, he felt it necessary to withdraw the prints from circulation and make a gift of the plates and of the first edition's unsold sets to the King Carlos IV.

price: 680,00 euros

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