Goya's drawing and print 'OIt's a hard step' from the Disasters of War.

An exhibition I’m particularly keen to see is Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum currently at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne until 3 October 2021. Contuining the gallery’s long-standing and fruitful collaboration with the Prado, this exhibition feature 44 drawings on loan from Madrid, alongside 120 etchings from Goya’s renowned print series drawn from the NGV’s own extensive collection and from the Art Gallery of South Australia. These include examples from Los Caprichos of 1797–98, satirising the vices and follies of Spanish society, the harrowing Disasters of War, produced in the wake of the Napoleonic invasion of Spain in 1808, the Tauromaquia on the subject of bullfighting, and the enigmatic Disparates (‘The Follies’), Goya’s final print series.

For more information and to book tickets, see https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/goya/.

NGV International, Ground Level, 25 Jun 21 – 3 Oct 2021. Open 10am–5pm daily.

The NGV website has also republished Franck Heckes’ article from the Art Bulletin of Victoria (now the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria) on Goya’s Caprichos and the gallery’s first edition set: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/goyas-caprichos/.

And just in case you can’t get enough Goya, Janis A. Tomlinson’s Goya: A Portrait of the Artist was published by Princeton University Press late last year and is highly recommended: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691192048/goya.