Francisco de Goya, ‘Los Desastres de la Guerra’, 1810-20, Christie's
Francisco de Goya, ‘Los Desastres de la Guerra’, 1810-20, Christie's
Francisco de Goya, ‘Los Desastres de la Guerra’, 1810-20, Christie's
Francisco de Goya, ‘Los Desastres de la Guerra’, 1810-20, Christie's
Francisco de Goya, ‘Los Desastres de la Guerra’, 1810-20, Christie's

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR HEINRICH BECKER, BIELEFELD

Without watermark, without title-page, with the biographical introduction, a very good set from the Second Edition of one hundred copies, published by the Real Academia de Nobles Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, 1892, the full sheets, in a contemporary brown quarter calf and marbled board binding, generally in very good condition
Plates 174 x 218 mm., Sheets 235 x 320 mm. (and similar)
240 x 345 x 27 mm. (album)

From the Catalogue:
The second edition of Los Desastres de la Guerra was limited to one hundred copies and appears to be a relatively uncommon survival as a complete set. To our knowledge, only one other complete volume of the second edition has been offered at auction within the last thirty years.

Harris considers the second edition superior to all subsequent printings.

For further works from the collection of Dr Heinrich Becker please view lots 66-78.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.

Delteil 120-199; Harris 121-200

Dr. Heinrich Becker (1881-1972), Bielefeld; then by descent to the present owners.

About Francisco de Goya

The tempestuous works of Francisco de Goya distinguish him as the most important Spanish painter of his time. Among his contemporaries, he was best known for his lighthearted tapestry cartoons of leisure activities, subtle satirical etchings of the bourgeoisie, and penetratingly psychological portraits of the aristocracy. Having survived an unknown illness that left him deaf and witnessed the atrocities committed during Napoleon’s occupation, which are hauntingly portrayed in the mass execution of Spanish civilians in The Third of May 1808, Goya went on to create some of his most somber, chilling images with his late “Black Paintings,” which were painted directly onto the walls of his home. Now recognized as a harbinger of modern art, Goya influenced numerous artists, including Pablo Picasso in the creation of his masterpiece Guernica (1937).

Spanish, 1746-1828, Fuendetodos, Spain, based in Madrid, Spain