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Francisco de Goya (aka Francisco de Goya y Lucientes)

(Fuendetodos, Spain, March 30, 1746 - April 16, 1828, Bordeaux, France)

Los Caprichos, 1st edition, plate 43, El sueño de la razon produce monstruos (The sleep of reason produces monsters), 1799
Etching and aquatint on paper
7 x 4 3/4 in. (17.78 x 12.07 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, Spanish
Technique: Etching and aquatint
Credit Line: Gift of Norton Simon
Accession Number: P74.27

Edition
Plate 43, 1st edition

Dimensions
Plate: 8 5/16 x 5 7/8.

Bibliography
Joanne Julian, Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos (Santa Clarita: College of the Canyons Art Gallery, 2005), 4 illustrated/color.
Trevor Smith, Francisco Goya, Buster Keaton, William Kentridge (Vancouver: The Vancouver Art Gallery, 2004), 9 illustrated/color.
Rebecca McGrew, Barbara Benish: Hybrid Histories (Claremont: Montgomery Gallery, 2000) 9 illustrated/b&w.
Nancy Eickel, The Sleep of Reason: Reality and Fantasy in the Print Series of Goya (Washington D.C.: The Trust for Museum Exhibitions, 1992), 34 (illustrated/color) cat. no. 43.
David W. Steadman, The Graphic Art of Francisco Goya (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1975), 31 (illustrated/ bw) fig. 37.

Commentary
Sueño is both sleep and dream. This encapsulates the Enlightenment. It was contemporary with the French Revolution.

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