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Alongside Rembrandt and Dürer, Goya stands as one of greatest historical printmakers known today. His subjects range from Biblical depictions, to the bloody, but much loved sport of bull fighting. He is best known, however, for his satirical and social commentary in biting series such as The Disasters of War and Caprices. Ever a keen observer of his own time, Goya nonetheless succeeded in creating imagery of the human condition that speaks to generations of viewers even to this day.
Executed between 1810 and 1820, Goya's Los Desastres de la Guerra (Disasters of War) was inspired by scenes the artist witnessed during the Peninsular War against Napoleon Bonaparte that waged from 1808 to 1814. In a time before photo-journalism, Goya created a necessary and unflinching documentation of the ravages of war and it's power to dehumanize everyone involved.Los Desastres De La Guerra (Disasters Of War)Los ProverbiosLos CaprichosLa Tauromaquia