Goya’s War: Los Desastres de la Guerra


Past Exhibition


Que Valor!

Francisco Goya y Lucientes Que Valor! (What Courage!) from Los Desastres de la Guerra, ca. 1811-1812 Etching, aquatint, drypoint, burin, and burnisher, 158 x 209 mm.

January 24-March 28, 2015 -One hundred and fifty years have passed since the publication of the first edition of Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War), eighty etchings inspired by the Spanish war against Napoleon (1808-1813) and the political transformation that accompanied it. Published in Madrid in 1863, these images of war, famine and allegory became known one-half century after the events that inspired them, and thirty years after the death of their creator, Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828).  Created over a period of four to five years (from 1810 to about 1814), the etchings depict subjects ranging from images of corpses strewn on the field of battle to political fables.  Scholars believe that Goya ordered the etchings months, if not years, after creating them, leading to speculation about the order in which the images were actually created.  In this exhibition, Goya scholar, Janis A. Tomlinson, re-orders the etchings to suggest possible answers, tracing Goya’s stylistic development and the relation of his imagery to the historical context of the Napoleonic invasion.

This exhibition is a collaboration of the Pomona College Museum of Art and the University Museums of the University of Delaware.  It is curated by Janis Tomlinson, Director, University Museums, and circulated by the Pomona College Museum of Art.

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