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Ravages of War, c. 1810-1813, 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: 14.1 x 16.7 cm
Purchased 1933
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4153)

The second siege of Saragossa (20 December 1808 – 20 February 1809) wiped out entire families in their homes. The spatial disorientation created by close cropping of the image and the chaotic position of the bodies suggest this print depicts a moment just after the cannon fire has struck. In 1924 the German printmaker Otto Dix published a portfolio of aquatints on the First World War, titled "Der Krieg", with scenes of equally tragic pandemonium.

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