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To Go Amongst the Branches, i.e. to talk through one's hat, plate three from Los Proverbios

A work made of etching, aquatint, and drypoint on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching, aquatint, and drypoint on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1815/24

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

This print belongs to a series Goya began in his late 70s but never finished before his move to France in 1824. Titled Los disparates, which roughly translates to “absurdities,” the series includes darkly enigmatic images at once sympathetic and satirical, each one suggesting human folly. Here a group of figures of various ages huddles like a flock of birds on a giant, leafless branch.

The original Spanish title of the print, Andarse por las ramas, literally means to walk between branches, but is used figuratively to mean something like the English expression “to beat around the bush.”

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

To Go Amongst the Branches, i.e. to talk through one's hat, plate three from Los Proverbios

Origin

Spain

Date

Made 1815–1824

Medium

Etching, aquatint, and drypoint on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

212 × 323 mm (image); 244 × 352 mm (plate); 331 × 497 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.3312

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