The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos.)

El sueño de la razon produce monstruos. (The sleep of reason produces monsters); Caprichos 43
The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters

1797–1798
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)


Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 078, I, 2; Delteil 080: G & W 0536

Dimensions

Platemark: 21.8 x 15.2 cm (8 9/16 x 6 in.) Sheet: 29.2 x 20.5 cm (11 1/2 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1973.716

Medium or Technique

Etching and aquatint with burnishing (working proof)

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Working proof, before number and before additional etching of bats (H. 78, I, 2). faint drypoint to indicate letters

Inscription

In stop-out on desk : el sueño / de la razon / produce / monstruos.
Later inscriptions: u.l. in graphite: 43.

Provenance

? Ricardo de los Rios (b. 1846–d. 1929), Paris. ? 1930 Philip Hofer (b. 1898–d. 1984), NY; Philip Hofer and his wife, Frances L. Hofer (b. 1908–d. 1978), Cambridge, MA; 1974, sold by Mr. and Mrs. Hofer, through Robert M. Light (dealer), Boston, to the MFA.(Accession Date: June 12, 1974)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton S. Stern, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard S. Shapiro, and the M. and M. Karolik Fund