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Put on sale the 6 february 1799, at the end of the last carnival of the century, Los Caprichos is Goya’s first printed cycle created as a unit. It represents a period of transition in the artist's life.
These engravings were made in 1797 in Madrid, after the artist’s stay in Andalusia, where he was guest of the Duchess of Alba.
In 1797 Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, the most important deputy of the spanish Age of Enlightenment and Goya’s protector, accepted the Ministry of Mercy and Justice. That same year, the first version of this set of 72 engravings was printed. Its title was Sueño 1º Idioma Universal. In January of 1799, the definitive edition of 80 engravings of the Caprichos was published. This cycle can be divided into two parts; each of these is introduced by a self-portrait of the artist. In the first self-portrait, that anticipates 41 realistic scenes (2-42), Goya represents himself as a middle-class man who has a sarcastic vision of the world. This is the main subject of his Caprichos. In the second portrait, he renders himself while asleep amidst his drawing tools, with monsters behind him produced by the reason dulled. The Caprichos are a strong aesthetic and social provocation; french poet Baudelaire said about Goya’s masterpiece: “ No one artist more than Goya dared the sense of the absurd, possible. All these contortions, these bestial faces, these diabolic sneers are infused with humanity […] it’s impossible find the suture, the point of union between real and fantastic; it’s a line so unclear that also the finest analyst can’t draw, in an art that is, at the same time, so transcendent and natural”. #art #artwork #artworks #artist #artoftheday #artforsale #artsy #artshow #artiste #artlover #artlovers #fineart #artcollector #artcollectors #artistic #instaartist #artcollection #artoninstagram