Inventory photographed 2/23/2021
Inventory photographed 2/23/2021

It Always Happens

Series Title
Disasters of War
Francisco Goya (Spanish, 1746 – 1828)
printer : National Calcografía (Spanish, b. 1789)
publisher : Real Academia (Spanish)
Designed circa 1810-1820; this edition 1906
Sheet : 11 1/4 x 13.9 in. (28.58 x 35.4 cm)
Mat : 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)
Plate : 6 7/8 x 8 5/8 in. (17.46 x 21.91 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Francisco Goya is widely regarded as the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His art reflected the political and social upheavals of the time in which he lived. Goya spent the decade between 1810 and 1820 creating a series of eighty prints known as The Disasters of War (Los Desastres de la Guerra). These prints were designed in response to Napoleon’s invasion and occupation of Spain in 1808, and Spain’s subsequent struggle for independence. Though he was allowed to retain his position as court painter, Goya was deeply affected by the war and its effects on the population. This series became his way of recording the horrors he witnessed. There are few other depictions of war that are as brutal and unflinching as The Disasters of War. However, the series was never published during his lifetime, most likely because Goya feared a negative political reaction. It Always Happens falls into a sub-category of prints within the series that depict the effects of war on soldiers. This print effectively conveys the pace and chaos of war through the use of short, straight lines that are brittle yet assertive. The lines make it difficult for the eye to settle, further communicating the confusion of war. [Madeleine Zimmerman ‘20]

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