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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

Tras el vicio viene el fornicio (After vice comes fornication), plate 4 from; Los Proverbios (D. 205; H. 251)

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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)
Tras el vicio viene el fornicio (After vice comes fornication), plate 4 from; Los Proverbios (D. 205; H. 251)
etching with burnished aquatint, drypoint and engraving, circa 1812, on laid paper, without watermark, a fine impression, one of a small number printed before the first edition, circa 1854-63, with narrow margins (slightly uneven), a short repaired tear in the lower left margin (just touching the subject), minor creasing across the upper left sheet corner, otherwise in generally good condition.
P. 9 9/16 x 13¾ in. (243 x 350 mm.), S. 10 11/16 x 15 in. (272 x 381 mm.)
Provenance
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 15 February 1980, lot 938.

Lot Essay

The small number of posthumous proofs of the Proverbios are the only examples we have of Goya's completed work, before the wear (and possible re-biting?) which already appears in the first published edition of 1864. These trial proofs are generally considerably more harmonious in effect than impressions from the first edition, with greater strength and clarity in the etched shading and aquatint, and with none of the arbitrary contrast between the etched and tonal work that appears upon publication.

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