“Goya's War: Los Desastres de la Guerra

January 4, 2017

By Armida Villalvazo


Goya's War

A collaboration of the Pomona College Museum of Art and the University Museums, University of Delaware presents “Goya’s War: Los Desastres de la Guerra,” starting Jan.17 through May 14, 2017.  The set of 80 etchings published as Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War), in 1863 by Francisco de Goya and Lucientes (1746-1828), were in response to the horrors of the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the political chaos that followed. Created 200 years ago, the prints continue to remain relevant to our world, illustrating contemporary political commentary. 

Curated by Goya scholar Janis Tomlinson, Director of the University of Museums of the University of Delaware, Tomlinson breaks with the sequence as published in 1863 to consider the work within its historical context by presenting the etchings in five groupings—Carnage, Atrocity, Martyrdom, Famine, and Emphatic Caprices—revealing material conditions and Goya’s stylistic evolution from 1810-1814. 

Introductions to all five sections offer new research on both the war and on life in Madrid, where Goya lived throughout the dark period. The materials used by the artist document this chronology. As the war evolved, the copper needed for the etchings plates became rare, and to conserve material the plate and image sizes were diminished. 

Goya’s reflections of the brutality of the war inspired generations of artists such as Manet, Picasso, Otto Dix, Warhol, the Chapman brothers and Enrique Chagoya, and many more. 

The Pomona College Museum of Art is located at 330 North College Avenue, Claremont. For more information visit the www.pomona.edu/museum or call 909-621-8283. 

All exhibitions and programs are free of charge and open to the public.