Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
Rain of Bulls (Lluvia de toros)
From the series, The Fantasies or The Proverbs (Los Disparates or Los Proverbios)
8 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. (20.96 cm x 32.39 cm)
Medium and Support:
Etching and aquatint on paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
Goya produced his series of works titled Los Proverbios between 1815 and 1824. Although the plates were published under this series title, it is also sometimes referred to as Disperate, meaning Follies. The series was comprised of twenty-two plates, which were left by Goya with his son Xavier when he left Spain. When Xavier died in 1854, eighteen of the twenty-two plates went to the Royal Academy of San Fernando where they were published in 1862. The four impressions in the museum's collection are from the remaining four plates that were discovered in Paris in the early 1870s and published by the French periodical L'Art in 1877. How or why the plates were separated is unknown. The subjects of Los Proverbios are generally dark and macbre reflecting the artist's mental state at the time. Their meanings are obscure, but somehow linked to Goya's interest in themes of the carnival.