February 28, 2003

Los Disparates

goya0.gif The website of the Bioblioteca Nacional in Madrid plays host to a comprehensive Esposicíon Virtual of the graphic works of Francisco Goya y Lucientes. His engravings, etchings and lithographs are no less extraordinary than his paintings (for which, by the way, the Museo del Prado site is a very good resource).

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These images are as though from a troubling dream, and like many of Goya’s works convey, to me, an uneasy foreboding. All the works pictured here are from his last published set of etchings, known collectively as Los Disparates or Los Proverbios.

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I’ve picked those prints from the set that most obviously partake of what seems to me a pervasive quality of weightlessness, of oneiric flotation.

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The complete set of Disparates can be found here: my source for all of the images above.

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