Thanks for the Millet

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Disasters of War
Francisco Goya (Spanish, 1746 – 1828)
First edition circa 1810-20; this edition 1906
Etching and aquatint
Mat : 16 x 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm)
Plate : 5 3/4 x 8 in. (14.61 x 20.32 cm)
Sheet : 9 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. (23.5 x 34.29 cm)
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Gift of Mary Neznek in honor of the legacy of A. J. Muste
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This print is one of several in The Disasters of War series that documents the effects of the famine that devastated Madrid in 1811-12 as a result of the Napoleonic invasion. In his effort to portray the plight of those most affected by the war, Goya used aquatint to create high contrasts within the image, thereby drawing the greatest attention to the figures. The fact that the lightest parts of the image, those with little or no aquatint, are in the faces and clothes of the people is no accident; no matter where the viewer looks, the eye is consistently drawn to the figures in the center. Goya wants the viewer to see the misery and suffering of these people for what it is. [Madeleine Zimmerman ‘20] 

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