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Bury Them and Keep Quiet, c. 1810-1813, printed 1863

Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
etching, lavis, drypoint, burin, and burnishing on heavy wove paper
Printed by Laurenciano Potenciano
24.5 x 33.8 cm; plate: 16.1 x 23.5 cm
Purchased 1933
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4141)

Bodies of fallen soldiers lie stripped of their clothing and ready for a quick and anonymous burial. As textiles were in short supply during wartime, the clothing of the dead became a valuable commodity. The task of this cowering couple is to inter the corpses to avoid the spread of disease. Cloud formations in the sky were created by the lavis technique of applying acid directly to the plate.

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