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  • Provenance

    The Paragon Press, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    The portfolio in the present lot was inspired by the famous series of etchings by Francisco Goya known as (italizie title)The Disasters of War, in which Goya portrayed the atrocities he had witnessed in the Peninsular War between Spain and France from 1808 to 1814.
    "The portfolio of eighty-three works in the present lot was inspired by the famous series of etching by Francisco Goya known as The Disasters of War, in which Goya portrayed the atrocities he had witnessed in the Peninsular War between Spain and France from 1808 to 1814. 'Goya’s use of art as a provocation has inspired the Chapmans, who are well known for their aggressive use of shock tactics, to create works of "vertiginous obscenity", as they term them, from their earliest days. Returning to (italizie title)The Disasters of War repeatedly for more than a decade, they have adapted Goya’s example for contemporary impact. To the Chapmans, his unflinching aesthetic was ahead of its time; they praised him as "the first Modernist artist; the first who had psychological and political depth". "Goya is the black source of the grim stream," wrote the art pundit Matthew Collings. "He’s at one end and Jake and Dinos Chapman are at the other."" (Christopher Turner, TATE ETC. Magazine, Issue 8, Autumn 2006, n.p.)

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Disasters of War Series Portfolio (white on black)

1999
83 etchings with ink on paper, colophon and portfolio box.
9 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (24.1 x 34.3 cm) each.
Signed "J and D Chapman" on the reverse of each. This work is from an edition of 10.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York