GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco José de (1746-1828).... - Lot 107 - Ferri & Associés

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GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco José de (1746-1828).... - Lot 107 - Ferri & Associés
GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco José de (1746-1828). La Tauromachie. Collection of forty prints representing different manners and feints of the art of fighting bulls, invented and engraved in etching, in Madrid. P., Loiselet, s. d. (1876). In-fol. oblong, cart. Bradel gray cloth spine and binding, marbled paper boards, n. r. (Cart. moderne). COMPLETE SUITE THAT HAS BECOME EXTREMELY RARE AND RESEARCHED, with a printed title, in three tones, illustrated with a portrait of Goya (in 2 states) in an oval frame, wearing a tricorn, surrounded by bullfights inspired by the master, engraved by Loiselet, an explanatory table leaf printed in red and black and 40 original etchings printed on watermarked Arches laid paper, The plates 1 to 33 had been printed previously (circa 1815 and 1855), but the last 7, numbered A to G, previously unpublished, are here in first edition and superb proofs, all plates with full margins and perfect freshness. (Inf. russ.). This series seems to have been inspired both by the Spanish artist's bullfighting past and by the work on bullfighting published in 1777 by his friend, the poet Nicolas Fernandez de Moratin. However, it wasn't until some forty years later, in 1815, that Goya got down to work in earnest. He was not always satisfied with his first attempt. Since the copper plates he used for engraving were particularly expensive, having been imported from England, he had to reverse the plates for seven of the plates and engrave a new composition on the reverse. The original edition of the suite, published in 1816, featured 33 plates; the 7 compositions rejected by the artist were also omitted from the second edition, published in 1855. The third edition, published posthumously in 1876 and from which this copy derives, was the first to reinstate the plates initially discarded, making it the most complete edition of the suite to date, with 40 engravings by Goya. The circumstances under which these plates were transported from Madrid to Paris remain unknown (Delteil, 224-263), Harris, I, pp. 16, 173-176 and II, no. 204-243; Sanchez and Gallego. Goya: the Complete Etchings and Lithographs, pp. 146-173.
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