Disparate Alegre (Merry Folly); from the "Disparates" series, (Proverbios 12)

Merry Disparate (Disparate Alegre) Proverbios 12

Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 259, I, 2; Delteil 0213; Gassier & Wilson 1589


Platemark: 24.1 x 35 cm (9 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.) Sheet: 24.1 x 35 cm (9 1/2 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, aquatint with burnishing and scraping, drypoint, and tonal scratches with touches of chalk (working proof) lower left: possible fixative residues

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Black ink.
Working proof, touched? Before additional aquatint and tonal scratches (H. I, 2 - no examples known to Harris).
The series was posthumously published as “Los Proverbios” in 1864.
The preferred series title “Disparates” (Follies) is derived from manuscript titles containing the word “Disparate” on fourteen of the working proofs, of which this is one. Beruete and others invented titles containing “Disparate” for the rest, except “Modo de volar” (no. 13).


Upper left in brown ink: 8; upper right in brown ink: 19; lower center in brown ink: Disparate Alegre


by 1973, Philip Hofer (b. 1898–d. 1984) and his wife, Frances L. Hofer (b. 1908–d. 1978), Cambridge, MA; 1974, sold by Mr. and Mrs. Hofer, through R. M. Light (dealer), Boston, to the MFA. (original vote June 13, 1973)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Vershbow, Dorothy and Samuel Glaser, Anonymous gift, and the M. and M. Karolik Fund