The Disasters of War

(Series of 82 pictures)

The second great series, The Disasters of War, came about as a consequence of another great crisis caused by the impact of the War of Independence. From 1810 Goya started to bring into shape a series of scenes which showed the uglier side of war, the deaths, the tortures and the consequences that war has on the individual; bitter testimonies full of pessimism.

There are 82 prints which he worked on until 1820 and which remain as a social chronicle with a strong anti-war message. The techniques used were etching, aquatint, dry point and burin. 73 preparatory drawings have been preserved which were made with brush and ink.


Gassier, P. Dibujos de Goya : Los Albumes. Friburgo, 1973.

Gassier, P. Dibujos de Goya : Estudios para grabados y pinturas. Friburgo, 1975.

Mangiante, P. J. Goya e l'Italia. Roma, 1992, pag. 154 y ss.

Marisa Cancela

And it can't be helped
This is the truth
Ravages of war

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