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Asta su Abuelo (And so was his grandfather) from Los Caprichos Plate 39

Francisco Goya

About The Asta su Abuelo (And so was his grandfather) from Los Caprichos Plate 39

First published in 1799. Los Caprichos consists of 80 different prints.

There are 13 known editions of Los Caprichos.  Seven editions were printed in the 20th century.  The last of these was produced in the 1970s.

The seated donkey wearing a jacket and white pants appears to be viewing a book depicting many donkeys.

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First published in 1799. Los Caprichos consists of 80 different prints.

There are 13 known editions of Los Caprichos.  Seven editions were printed in the 20th century.  The last of these was produced in the 1970s.

The seated donkey wearing a jacket and white pants appears to be viewing a book depicting many donkeys.

About the Artist (1746-1828)  "One of the more famous Spanish painters associated with influencing French Romantic painters, Francisco Goya was born in Fuendetodos, Spain. His earliest art lessons originated from his father, who was a master gilder. 

Goya also studied etching with monks in Saragossa. In 1776, at the age of 30, he went to Madrid, where he was influenced by Giovanni Tiepolo, who did lighthearted historical genre scenes in rich coloration.

In 1786, Goya became a court painter and did numerous royal portraits that had a light palette and "sparkling manner".  By 1792, he was suffering ill health and had lost his hearing.  During his recovery period, he did the work for which he is most known---"humanistic-biting satire on social mores with more than a hint of double meaning."  And historical events turned him increasingly from more light hearted subjects. Napoleon invaded Spain in 1808, and Goya's themes reflected the cruelty and wanton killing that he observed.

The Spanish monarchy was restored in 1814, and Goya who was a Republican, retired to a country home, where he, with much dampened spirit, painted with dark, sombre tones.  He did "Black" frescoes in his home, "pessimistic yet imaginative images of degraded and bestial humanity. . .terrible but fascinatin-hallucinatory nightmares that foretell of death and destruction.

He died in Bordeaux in 1828, having gone into voluntary exile in France in 1824." taken from AskArt.com
Culture European
Style Social Commentary
Medium Etching and aquatint on paper
Plate size 8" height X 5 1/2" width
Paper Wove paper without a watermark
Paper size 12 1/2" height X 9 1/4" width
Date of creation Unknown
Condition Excellent to good. Slight toning along edges of paper. Some ink smudging outside inked areas, but within plate lines. Four (4) fox marks visible from verso only.
Provenance AS Hu, originally acquired from Sotheby Parke Bernet auction
Mat size 19 1/4" height X 14 1/8" width