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Los Caprichos

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After a serious illness in 1792, Goya spent five years recuperating and preparing himself for the burst of creativity that was to follow. He read deeply in the French revolutionary philosophers. From Rousseau he evolved the idea that imagination divorced from reason produces monsters, but that coupled with reason "it is the mother of the arts and the source oftheir wonders ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by Dover Publications (first published 1799)
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Nate D
Sep 05, 2012 Nate D marked it as read-in-2012
Shelves: spain, art
Francisco Goya as mad mythologer and social scientist. Apparently this 1799 set of 80 prints begins, after a long illness and study of the French Revolution, his more developed later period, as shown in the unsettling qualities and symbolic density of many of the prints here. The set sold only 27 copies at the equivalent of about $35 before political outcry stopped their sales. (It's not so hard to see why this might have been). Lots to poke at an mull over here. Goya was far ahead of his time.
Marcus Mennes
Jul 06, 2009 Marcus Mennes rated it it was amazing
There are numerous clues scattered about this collection of pictorial fables; symbols intended to provoke mental excitement, layers of unconscious innuendo, and an appreciation of puns.

Here is my interpretation of print #60 -- "The Trials"

caption: little by little she is making progress. She is already making her first steps and in time she will know as much as her teacher

It doesn't require much in the way of advanced deduction to recognize the couple is
Brad Harkins
Dec 10, 2012 Brad Harkins rated it it was amazing
This and "The Magic Pudding" were the best books I read this year, for very different reasons. Los Caprichos is a book of Goya's prints (a medium to which he was fairly new at this point in his life), accompanied by short captions. They are fantastic (in a fantasy sense). Allegorical, critical, biting. Much of it is social criticism, or political criticism masked in the fantastic so he could avoid the Inquisition. Anyway, I'm reading/looking at it again. This one I might go through 2 or 3 times. ...more
Eugene Goodale
Dec 28, 2014 Eugene Goodale rated it it was amazing
Inexpensive reference book for this wonderfully macabre look at Spanish culture of his time.
Oct 27, 2013 Jack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I love Goya's work, and it is a great time of year for it, coming up on Halloween. This collection of plates are disturbing and occasionally scathing to Goya's immediate social sphere at the time of publication. He just barely avoided the Inquisition as a result of the work. The etchings are very dark, yet moving pieces. They are almost a twisted Aesop's fables of the world as seen by Goya.
Dec 11, 2008 Lee rated it it was amazing
This isn't really "reviewable" beyond "dios mio!"
Apr 23, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing
Wow! These are awesome and disturbing.
Aug 12, 2007 L S rated it it was amazing
Grotesque and awesome!
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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was an Aragonese Spanish painter and printmaker. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown and a chronicler of history. He has been regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and as the first of the moderns. The subversive and subjective element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, ...more
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