• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7839

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    31 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 77

    Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

    La Tauromaquia (Delteil 224-263; Harris 204-243)

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    Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)
    La Tauromaquia (Delteil 224-263; Harris 204-243)
    the complete set of forty etchings with burnished aquatint, drypoint and engraving, 1816, Harris's fourth edition (of seven), on Van Gelder laid paper, the full sheets, published by the Calcografía for Ricardo de los Ríos, 1905, in an edition of one hundred, bound in the original greyish pasteboard binding with Loizelet's portrait of Goya on the cover and title in French, the front of the first and the reverse of the last plates toned through contact with the binding, otherwise in very good condition, some mottling and minor wear to the cover(book)
    285 x 435 mm. (overall)

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    Tomás Harris considered the present Fourth Edition as superior to all but the First Edition. (Harris II, p. 434)

    La Tauromaquia, created and assembled between 1814 and 1816, begins with illustrations of the origins and history of bullfighting, goes on to depict the principle manoeuvres and ends with the extraordinary acrobatic feats of Martincho, famous for his daring stunts, one of which involved him vaulting from a table over a bull with his feet shackled. Goya treats this event with his typically innovative style, relying less on etching and more on beautifully modulated aquatint to create remarkable spatial and formal effects. They are his technically most accomplished etchings and show the mastery he had gained through his experiments in the Desastres de la Guerra.

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