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A Bad Night, Plate 36

A Bad Night, Plate 36

(Spanish, 1746–1828)
Sheet: 26.3 x 20 cm (10 3/8 x 7 7/8 in.); Image: 18.9 x 13.2 cm (7 7/16 x 5 3/16 in.); Platemark: 21.4 x 15.1 cm (8 7/16 x 5 15/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Harris 71, IIb, trial proof; Perez Sanchez and Gallego p. 54 no. 36
Location: not on view


A Bad Night is from Los Caprichos (Caprices), a set of 80 prints that satirize the vices and follies of contemporary Spanish society. Goya explored the themes of superstition and sensuality, greed and violence, and immorality and deceit practiced by men and women who appear alternately as aggressors and victims. He parodied ignorance and stupidity as well as the corruption of the church and government. Goya exploited aquatint to create a dramatic contrast of light and shade through the biting and burnishing of richly textured or velvet-smooth aquatint grains. He thus expressed the opposing forces of enlightenment and ignorance, reason and the irrational world, and suggested an atmosphere of violence and doom, best illustrated in the trial proofs like this one, printed before the first edition.
  • 1850-99
    Mariano Ballester
    Joaquin Ballester
    Mariano Ballester (second half 19th century); Joaquin Ballester
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, “Museum Acquires Major Chuck Close Painting, 19th-century Fire Screen, Rare Prints & Drawings,” June 9, 1997, Cleveland Museum of Art Archives.
  • Treasures on Paper from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (March 9-June 8, 2014).
    From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg: Recently Acquired Prints. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (September 17-November 26, 2000).
  • {{cite web|title=A Bad Night, Plate 36|url=false|author=Francisco de Goya|year=1799|access-date=27 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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