Visual accusation of war miseries graphically demonstrated in 83 engravings; the horrors of war, modeled after the Spanish insurrection (1808), the resulting Peninsular War and the subsequent famine. It includes veiled attacks against various people, the Church and the State.
Editorial Dover / 1995
23,6 x 20,9 cm
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With the series – 83 prints inspired by the Peninsular War – Goya broke an aged-old, iconographic tradition.
Disasters of war, was not commissioned by anyone. It was Goya's private project, which he never published in his life. Without batting an eye, it represents mutilation, torture, rape and many other atrocities as well, carried out, indiscriminately, by French and Spanish alike. This art was not partisan, it was a somber observation of the potential inhumanity of man towards man, of the true barbarities of war. In its detail, honesty and immediacy, it foreshadowed photojournalism in wartime and helped Goya earn his reputation as "the first modern artist."