Los Caprichos

When Day Breaks We Will Be Off, Plate 71

(Spanish, 1746–1828)
Image: 17.3 x 12.7 cm (6 13/16 x 5 in.); Plate: 19.7 x 14.9 cm (7 3/4 x 5 7/8 in.); Sheet: 32 x 22.4 cm (12 5/8 x 8 13/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Harris 106, 1st. edition, 1799; Perez Sanchez and Gallego p. 77 no. 71
Edition: First Edition
Location: not on view
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Did You Know?

Francisco de Goya gave each of the prints in Los Caprichos, including this one, intentionally cryptic titles.


Francisco de Goya used printmaking to explore subjects that stirred controversy when represented in more public media, such as oil painting. This print belongs to Los Caprichos, a series of enigmatic images that critique the hypocrisy and irrationality the artist observed throughout contemporary Spanish society. Here, a group of witches prepares to fly without broomsticks or sight, suggesting ignorance and obliviousness. The dense and starry sky behind them was created using layers of aquatint—a technique that Goya was among the earliest and most expert artists to adopt.
When Day Breaks We Will Be Off, Plate 71

When Day Breaks We Will Be Off, Plate 71


Francisco de Goya

(Spanish, 1746–1828)
Spain, 18th century

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