Francisco de Goya

Desastres de la Guerra

(SOLD OUT EDITION)

An exclusive work created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of Independence, a conflict that one of the great painters of the time, Francisco de Goya, captured in his Desastres de la Guerra (Disasters of War). A critical spectator of the period and the conflict, he produced a series of engravings in which he reflected his deepest thoughts.

ARTIKA, in collaboration with the Fuendetodos Museum of Engraving, recovers Goya’s most emblematic graphic work, in a unique, limited and numbered edition of 2,998 copies.

Presented on a velvety cloth tray, the facsimile reproduction of 80 prints, printed front and back, are the central axis of Desastres de la Guerra, where the artist makes us participants in the events he experienced first-hand.

«The life of Spain at war is reflected in the selection of texts in the book Testigos de una época (Witnesses of an era), which includes letters, proclamations, songs, banners and announcements from those years.»

In a book of studies, specialists in Goya’s engravings bring us closer to the graphic work and the author, based on the analysis of the prints, techniques and preparatory drawings, showing the artist’s creative process.

As a final detail, a bronze plate, with Goya’s signature, is intended as a small tribute to the basic material used by the artist in his engraving plates.

All the elements of this unrepeatable jewel are displayed in a handcrafted case, lined in cotton fabric with a self-portrait of the artist on the inside and an enlargement of his signature on the outside.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

CASE

  • Handmade case lined in Germatex cotton fabric marengo 180, with dry stamping, in black color both inside and outside.
  • Inner nest of high-density foam
  • Format: 47 x 56 x 15 cm
  • Total weight of the work: 14.5 kg.

TRAY

  • Fabric: burgundy flocked suede, double-sided.
  • Bottom: wood lined with burgundy flocking.
  • Lateral tops: cardboard lined with burgundy flocking.
  • Dry stamping of Goya’s signature.

STAMPS

  • Facsimile reproduction of 80 prints,
  • Paper format: 23,3 x 31,8 c m
  • Paper: Modigliani Bianco 145 gr.
  • Printed on both sides and glued with two dots of glue on the left side.
  • Certification stamp on each sheet with the Fuendetodos Museum of Engraving logo
  • Die-cut, one by one, according to the original profile.

STUDY BOOK

  • Number of pages: 344
  • 130 gr matte coated paper
  • Printed in 4 inks
  • Bound in cotton cloth, stiff cardboard and round spine.
  • Bordeaux colored headers
  • Format: 29 x 34 cm

WITNESSES OF AN ERA

  • Pages: 352
  • 130 gr matt coated paper
  • Printed in 2 inks – black and burgundy -.
  • Bound in burgundy colored stiff cardboard, padded and flocked, with rounded spine.
  • Gray colored headers
  • Tinted edges
  • Format: 13 x 21 cm

COPPER PLATE

  • Material: copper
  • Format: 6 x 6 cm
  • Thickness of 2 mm

PRODUCTION PROCESS

Experts in graphic arts verify the printing of the stamps, where the stochastic weft allows maximum fidelity to the original.

The tray, handmade and lined with burgundy flocked suede, contains the prints.

The prints, die-cut one by one and printed on the front and back, are numbered and faithfully reproduce the first edition of 1863.

The handmade slipcase contains a protective nest. A self-portrait of Goya is stamped on the inside of the box.

The outside of the box is stamped with the artist’s enlarged signature, based on the one that appears on plate number 27.

The tray, which reproduces Goya’s signature, fits together with the books of the work: Estudios y Testigos de una época (Studies and Witnesses of an Era).

Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya

(1746-1828) Precursor of the pictorial avant-garde of the 20th century, the great Spanish painter and engraver marked the beginning of contemporary painting, anticipating every pictorial movement that would later appear in Europe; that is why he is considered one of the great masters of the history of art.

Goya’s work is a spectacular way to contemplate the evolution, epochs and characteristics of the life and history of Spain. In his last stage, Goya adopted a sullen and solitary attitude, but he created the best of his production, such as the visionary Black Paintings.

About the artist

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