The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, from "Los Caprichos"
Item #: 11721851A
Size and print type
14" x 22" without border
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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, from 'Los Caprichos' (engraving) (b/w photo) (see also 81662), Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828) / Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France / The Bridgeman Art Library
This giclée print offers beautiful color accuracy on a high-quality paper (235 gsm) that is a great option for framing with its smooth, acid free surface. Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed onto the paper’s surface creating natural color transitions.
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Plagued by anxiety and bitterness from a devastating illness that rendered him deaf, Spanish artist Francisco de Goya (1746 – 1828) created “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,” one of 80 etchings in his “Los Caprichos” series. The etchings were scathing critiques of human errors and vices that lampooned contemporary religious and political figures. Royal painter to King Carlos IV, Goya risked banishment from the court and the Inquisition by making such inflammatory works. “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters” portrays the artist hounded by creatures that threaten the ignorant mind. Goya believed that imagination, combined with reason, would keep these monsters at bay.
Francisco de Goya (1746 – 1828) was a talented and original Spanish artist whose questioning, irreverent attitude toward life was graphically conveyed in his works. Influenced by Velázquez and Rembrandt as well as by nature, Goya was Spain’s leading painter by the 1780s. As court painter to the Spanish royal family, he created realistic, penetrating portraits of his patrons. In 1792, Goya was ravaged by an illness that left him deaf, emotionally broken and embittered. He is well known for his "Black Paintings," deeply disturbing, nightmarish works that Goya made after he was ravaged by a serious illness in 1792. He is also highly regarded for “Los Caprichos”, a series of etchings that were scathing commentaries on human foibles and the corruption of the establishment.
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