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I Saw It: Francisco de Goya, Printmaker

I Saw It: Francisco de Goya, Printmaker is open at the Norton Simon Museum. It is the first exhibition on the West Coast to show the prolific artist Francisco de Goya’s (1746-1828) four major print series: Los Caprichos (1799), Los Desastres de la Guerra (c. 1810-15), La Tauromaquia (1815-1816), and Los Disparates (c. 1815-23). The Disasters of War is represented by a rare working proof set, one of only two in the world (82 prints). Select working and trial proofs, bound volumes and hand-colored impressions from the Caprichos are also exhibited.
In the small focus gallery on the museum’s main level is I Saw It: Modern Artists Respond to Goya is a supplementary exhibition that examines Goya’s legacy as reflected in the work of Yinka Shonibare, and the prints of Enrique Chagoya, Pablo Picasso, Leon Golub, and Andy Warhol. Chagoya’s work presents contemporary interventions to Goya’s prints, Picasso and Shonibare make direct references to them, and Warhol and Golub take on similar formal approaches and themes.
Relevant research areas: Western Europe, 18th Century, 19th Century, Etching

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