Se Repulen – They Spruce Themselves Up – Caprichos 1st Edition


Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Se Repulen (They Spruce Themselves Up), etching, burnished aquatint and burin, 1799. References: Harris 86, Delteil 88. Plate 51, Los Caprichos, First Edition (of 12), edition size was approximately 300. In very good condition, with wide margins. Printed on fine quality, soft but strong laid paper, 8 3/8 x 6, the sheet 12 x 8 inches.

A fine impression, printed in sepia ink, with the 2 layers of aquatint contrasting well between each other and the white sky. The burnishing on the figures and the cloud to the right creates an effective half-tone. (These subtleties are lost in the later, posthumous, impressions from the eleven subsequent editions of Los Caprichos.)

This is one of the series of portrayals of witches in the Caprichos. Goya’s commentary: This business of having long nails is so pernicious that it is forbidden even in Witchcraft.