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Francisco de Goya, No se puede saber por qué  – One can’t tell why
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TITLE:  No se puede saber por qué – One can’t tell why
ARTIST:  Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828)
WORK DATE:  circa 1808 - 1814
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  Etching, burnished aquatint, drypoint, and burin on laid paper
SIZE:  h: 15.5 x w: 20.3 cm / h: 6.1 x w: 8 in
STYLE:  Old Masters
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Harris Schrank Fine Prints  +1-212-662-1234  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Proof impression for plate 35 of Los Desastres de la Guerra, before numbers and before additional drypoint and burin work.

No impression of state I.1 (before the aquatint) is known nor are any proof impressions with numbers (Harris’ hypothetical state I.3) known. Harris lists nine impressions of state I.2, including this one.

No less than eight convicts are about to be garroted. Each man clutches a crucifix—a sign that they have already made their last confession. Their crime—ownership of a weapon— is announced on placards hanging around their necks, alongside the weapons themselves. Many Spanish citizens were executed this way. Their crimes were not only murder and armed robbery; suspicion of espionage for the insurgents or any other support for them was sufficient to subject the accused to this cruel fate.

PROVENANCE:  Infante Don Sebastian de Borbón y Braganza
Georges Provôt, Paris;
his sale, Hôtel Drouot, April 10, 1935, lot 64
Tomás Harris, London (not in Lugt)
private collection, Germany
ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Harris Schrank Fine Prints Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  Harris 155.I.2 (of III.7)
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