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Francisco de Goya, Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Painter, (1st edition)
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TITLE:  Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Painter, (1st edition)
ARTIST:  Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828)
WORK DATE:  1799
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  Etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin on laid paper
SIZE:  h: 21.5 x w: 15 cm / h: 8.5 x w: 5.9 in
STYLE:  Old Masters
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  R. S. Johnson Fine Art  +1-312-943-1661  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  References:
Los Caprichos, Plate 1
Delteil 38
Harris 36

The Caprichos opens with this Goya Self-Portrait. The portrait shows Goya, about 51 years old, in apparently not the best of humor and with a rather satirical appearance (see: Sayre in Goya and the Spirit of Enlightenment, p. 84). The Biblioteca Nacional text describes this work as: “His true self-portrait, in bad humor and with a satirical appearance” (“Verdadero retrato suyo, de mal humor, y gesto satirico”). For Sayre, Goya’s look appears to be one of contempt (The “mépris”, perhaps of Le Brun’s 1698 book on facial expressions still valid one hundred years later). There is a drawing by Goya, which is a direct study for this work (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971). The print follows a cut-down version of the drawing quite closely except that the more protruding lower lip gives the artist’s face an even more contemptuous aspect than that of the drawing. Finally, it should be noted that the original choice of the frontispiece for Los Caprichos was Los Caprichos Plate 43, showing the artist asleep at his worktable and with the title of: “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters”. There are numerous possible explanations given for this change in the frontispiece. Originally the whole subject of Los Caprichos was to have been “Dreams” which would have made the Plate 43 a logical frontispiece. In presenting himself in the form of a rather grim self-portrait, Goya would appear to wish to move the subject of Los Caprichos from vague “dreams” to a more personal presentation of “reality”.
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