Disparate Claro (Evident Folly); from the "Disparates" series, plate 15

Drawn and etched about 1815–17
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 262, I, 2; Delteil 0216; Gassier & Wilson 1594


Platemark: 24.6 x 35.6 cm (9 11/16 x 14 in.) Sheet: 31.1 x 42 cm (12 1/4 x 16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, aquatint with burnishing, direct etching, and tonal scratching; working proof

Out on Loan

On display at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, October 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Brown ink.
GW: 1594. Working proof, before number, with bevel, with significant compositional changes; with additional etching; with burnished aquatint, salt aquatint, lavis, and tonal scratches (H. I, 2).

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).


In brown ink, u.r., "7", b.c., in Goya's hand, within pm.: "Disparate Claro:; 1.1. in graphite, later notations.


Verso: Stamp of Jul. Hoffman in ink (Lugt 1264)


possibly Paul Lefort (b. 1829 - d. 1904), Paris. Dr. Julius Hofmann, Vienna (b. 1840- d. 1913) (Lugt 1264); Robert Hoffman; 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

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. G. Peabody Gardner and Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation, Otis Norcross Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, Harriet Otis Cruft Fund, John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund, George R. Nutter Fund, Mary L. Smith Fund, Edwin E. Jack Fund, Stephen Bullard Memorial Fund, Susan Cornelia Warren Fund, Frederick Brown Fund, George Peabody Gardner Fund, Margaret Curry Wyman Fund, and Francis Jay Underhill Fund