The way is hard!; It's a difficult step! (Duro es el paso!), number 14 of 80; from the series The Disasters of War (Los Desastres de la Guerra)
Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746 - 1828
Etching, aquatint and scraping on paper
First edition, made prior to all corrections
Plate: 5 5/8 × 6 5/8 in. (14.3 × 16.8 cm)
Sheet: 9 3/4 × 12 13/16 in. (24.7 × 32.6 cm)
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
Place Made: Spain, Europe
Not on view
Inscribed, in plate, lower center: Duro es el paso!; inscribed, in plate, upper left: 14; inscribed, in graphite, upper right: 14 Watermark: HGO/Palmette
Goya’s Disasters of Wars series chronicles the reality and effects of the French invasion of Spain under Napoleon Bonaparte at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Numbered and captioned, the prints can be read together or individually as records of the atrocities committed against civilians. In this selection of six works, Goya presents the bodily horrors inflicted upon people on both sides of the conflict. Sawn in half, cut in pieces, dragged through the dirt, strung from trees, and thrown into piles, men and women are subject to immense torture. Goya’s sometimes ironic, sometimes descriptive captions comment on the scenes, speaking at once to the sense of resignation and horror at the ongoing war.
From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming
FILM 47, From The Fall of the Wall to 9-11: Understanding the New World Disorder, Mark Williams, James Nachtwey, Spring 2013
SPAN 31, Introduction to Hispanic Studies II: 18th and 19th Centuries, Jose del Pino, Winter 2014
SPAN 31, Introduction to Hispanic Studies II: 18th and 19th Centuries, Txetxu Aguado, Winter 2014
Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 8-December 9, 1990.
Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 23-December 9, 2023.
Selections from the Permanent Collection: An Introduction to the History of Art From the Year 1500 to the Present, Art 2, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 11 - March 7, 1993
Timothy Rub, Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Kelly Pask, "A Gift to the College: The Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil Jr. Collection of Master Prints", Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1998, listed, p.96, no. 115.
Hilliard T. Goldfarb and Reva Wolf, Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1990, p. 59, ill. VII.
Date unknown, in the collection of Felix Somary (1881-1956), Vienna and Zurich; sold Sotheby's, New York, May 3, 1978, lot 2; purchased by Adolph Weil, Jr., Montgomery, Alabama; 1991 given to Dartmouth College by Adolph Weil, Jr., Class of 1935.
Delteil 133; Harris 134
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