Merry Folly, from Disparates, published as plate 12 in Los Proverbios

A work made of etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint in brown-black on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint in brown-black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1816–19, published 1864

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

In his early 70s Goya made a series of enigmatic prints whose titles and imagery have long been the subject of debate. Printed four decades after the artist’s death, the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts devised the title Los Proverbios (Proverbs) in an attempt to assign a theme to the group. A handful of early trial proofs were later discovered on which the artist had inscribed Disparate, which roughly translates as folly, nonsense, absurdity, or fantasy.
As he aged Goya began to depict elderly people with greater frequency. In this print, three old men with castanets, one slightly aroused with bulging trousers, cavort with three shapely young women.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Merry Folly, from Disparates, published as plate 12 in Los Proverbios

Origin

Spain

Date

1816–1819

Medium

Etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint in brown-black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

214 x 324 mm (image); 244 x 353 mm (plate); 331 x 497 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.3321

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