He Defends Himself Well, c. 1820-1823, printed 1863
Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
etching, drypoint, burin, and burnishing on heavy wove paper
Printed by Laurenciano Potenciano
24.5 x 33.8 cm; plate: 17.3 x 21.7 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4201)
One of the few prints by Goya devoted exclusively to animals, those depicted here are in fact personifications of human folly. A pack of wolves viciously attack a horse, while collared dogs look on with calm indifference. It is a sad commentary on those who turn a blind eye to injustice.
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