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GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco José de (1846-1928). [Los Caprichos. Madrid: par l'auteur, 1799.]

GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco José de (1846-1928). [Los Caprichos. Madrid: par l'auteur, 1799.]

In-4 (314 x 217 mm). 80 planches gravées à l'aquatinte, tirées sur papier vergé. (Rousseurs, portrait et planche 71 sur un papier légèrement plus épais.) Chagrin ébène du XIXe siècle, dos à nerfs orné (reliure restaurée avec le dos ancien remonté).

ÉDITION ORIGINALE, publiée par Goya lui-même vers 1799. Cette suite fut tirée à 300 exemplaires, mais ne connut pas le succès escompté: seuls 27 exemplaires furent vendus durant les quatre années suivant sa publication.

"Indeed, in publishing his Caprichos in 1799, Goya appears to have involved himself in a commercial undertaking perhaps unique in the life of any artist-engraver past or present. Apparently carried away with enthusiasm for the art of engraving, he acquired more than eighty costly copperplates which he etched and aquatined and from which he then printed some three hundred sets, making a total of about twenty-four thousand impressions. These he advertised in the Madrid daily newspapers, as being for sale in a perfume and liqueur shop in the Calle del Desengao N° 1 above which he had lived and was probably still living at the time. The subjects were satirical, the compositions were unconventional, the technique was novel, and it is not surprising that his enterprise, unsponsored and purely private, should have met with failure in the Madrid of his day. In the course of four years he only succeeded in selling twenty-seven sets of engravings" (Harris I, p. 7).

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