Sale 19889
The Sleep of Reason: Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos
Online 8 - 23 October 2020
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Delteil 63; Harris 61

Prado manuscript: ‘If conceited girls wish to have a seat, there is nothing better than putting it on their heads.’

'The title…plays on the different meanings which could be applied to the word asiento. It could mean ‘seat’ or ‘judgment’ or could mean, in the full phrase…to be ‘sitting pretty’. In any case, these young prostitutes with their bare legs, their skirts over their shoulders, and chairs on their heads are curious examples of Goya's vision of an unstable, topsy-turvy world where there is little or no firm ground on which to make judgments or take actions.'

Johnson, R. S., Francisco Goya, Los Caprichos, R.S. Johnson Fine Art, Chicago, 1992, p. 76.

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