Goya etching. "Los Caprichos" #79. 6th edn. 1890.

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“No-one can see us”.

Goya etching # 79 from Los Caprichos. 6th edition.

Artist:  Goya, Francisco.   Born 1746.  Died 1828

Title: Nadie nos ha visto (No-one can see us).

Date:  First edition 1799, Madrid.  This edition: the sixth, 1890 to 1900.  Made in the Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia, Madrid.

Medium:  Etching and aquatint on heavy wove paper.

Notes:  One of the most celebrated works in the history of Western art, Francisco de Goya's Los Caprichos - meaning “follies” or “caprices” - comprises 80 captioned etchings & aquatints satirising the foibles of late 18th century Spanish society.  Goya set out to examine the human condition and denounce the social abuses and superstitions that were prevalent in an era marked by social and political repression.  Influenced by enlightenment thinking, Goya envisioned the caustic commentary in Los Caprichos as providing a moral antidote to the abuses of the Spanish Inquisition, the Catholic Church, and the nobility, as well as to human vice, folly, and witchcraft. Filled with a remarkable cast of aristocrats, procuresses, prostitutes, monks, goblins, witches and animals acting like human fools, Los Caprichos conjures up a haunting vision of a world on the margins of reason, where the line between reality and fantasy cannot be distinguished.

A dream-like quality pervades each work as Goya illustrates the pretensions of life with a dark, humorous, biting satire that contributes to the artist's status as "the first of the moderns."

Number 79, ‘No-one has seen us’  is Goya’s scathing commentary on the corruption within the clergy.    A group of grotesque, goblin-like clerics, like monstrous creatures of the night, secrete themselves in the monastery cellar and drink to excess.

Condition:  The etching is in very good/excellent condition, virtually unblemished apart from a 5 mm edge tear and small remnants of hingeing on verso.  It has a very good impression and a strong plate mark.

Size: Size of paper: 305x217 mm. Plate size: 216x152mm. Guaranteed original 6th edition.

Item No:  ART 060

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