Goya and Manet   Revolutionary Etchings   23.10.2021 – 27.02.2022

Goya and Manet: Revolutionary Etchings

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) was a brilliant master of printmaking. He produced four major print portfolios that focused on social critiques, the horrors of war, bullfighting and demonic visions. Goya developed outstanding skills in the new technique of aquatint etching, which he employed to masterful effect.

The influence of his etchings, some of which were not circulated until after his death, was considerable. Edouard Manet (1832–1883), for example, was inspired by Goya in regard to themes, motifs and technique. Both artists admired Velázquez, creating early etchings copied from his paintings. The exhibition in the Department of Prints and Drawings shows Goya’s impressive etchings and presents them next to selected works by Manet. The works on display largely come from a bequest to the collection by the collector and former chairman of the Kunstverein in Bremen, H. H. Meier Jr. (1845–1905).

 

(Fig. above: Francisco de Goya, Kidnapping Horse, no. 10 from the series Los Proverbios, c. 1815–1824 (Detail), Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen, Department of Prints and Drawings)