Plate 4

The Women Give Courage, 1810–1820 (published 1863)

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Etching, burnished aquatint, lavis, and drypoint

The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, by exchange P.71.20

Not on View

Two women are represented fighting for their lives in this scene from Goya’s "Disasters of War." One stabs a fallen soldier, the other is ferociously wrestled to the ground. Goya boldly employed a coarsely granulated aquatint on this plate, which sets the violent scene in a dystopian moonscape, a world obscured by an explosive pattern of tone and light.

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