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Neither do these

Neither do these

Technical details

  • Author Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
  • Title Neither do these
  • Timeline 1810-1814, published in 1863
  • Technique Aquafortis, opaque watercolour, drypoint and burin

Description

Goya takes the same line as in the previous Desastres with respect to the theme of violence committed against women, a sector of society that suffered so much during the Peninsular War. A French soldier pulls violently on the arms of a woman in order to drag her away and have his way with her. The feeling of tension is enhanced by the diagonal composition and effects of light and shade. Violence is committed against a mother whose child remains on the ground, abandoned. Another Frenchman grabs another girl by the waist. She implores him - unsuccessfully - for mercy. The abuse is committed in the darkness. Goya shows the most sordid and brutal side of man. There is a complete lack of sympathy.

Location in the museum

You may find this artwork on  Floor 2 Goya’s Etchings

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