Goya Prints On Display

This week I went to one of my favourite places in London, Room 90 Prints & Drawings, where presently being exhibited are some fine Goya prints, part of an exhibition ‘Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain’. Prints on display included images from ‘The Disasters Of War’, ‘The Disparates’, and ‘La Tauromaquia’. I felt a real thrill viewing them in the flesh so to speak, such a different experience compared with looking at book reproductions or web images. Goya’s prints for me are powerful, full of charater and narrative; many seem fresh and modern in form and composition, they spoke to me directly.

Grande hazaña! Con muertos (An heroic feat! With dead men) / Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) series / etching by Francisco Goya 1810-1812 / Prints & Drawings British Museum

Quien se pondrá el cas – cabel al gato? (Who will bell the cat?) Disparate de bestia (Animal folly) / Los Proverbios series / etching by Francisco Goya 1816-1824 / Prints & Drawings British Museum

Desgracias acaecidas en el tendido de la plaza de Madrid, y muerte del alcalde de Torrejón (Dreadful events in the front rows of the ring in Madrid and death of the mayor of Torrejón) / La Tauromaquia series / etching by Fancisco Goya 1860 / Prints & Drawings British Museum

Print of the Month – V&A Museum – September-October 2012


Lynne Allen (born 1949), Moccasins, about 2000, etching on handmade paper with hand-colouring, linen thread and shellac. Museum no. E.3584:1&2-2004. Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund. V&A

Print of the Month – V&A Museum – July-September 2012


Anne Desmet (born 1964), Olympic Stadium with Cranes II, 2010, Wood-engraving with blended colour and stencilling on paper./ Museum no. E.1465-2011. Purchased with the support of The Discerning Eye / V&A Museum

Print of the Month – V&A Museum – June-July 2012


Charlie Warde (born 1974), Prometheus, 2012, Etching. Museum no. E.369:1-2012 V&A Museum

Print of the Month – V&A Museum – June12


Street decoration made by Walsall Lithographic Co. Ltd., about 1936. Museum no. E.784-1996 V&A