- Ca. 1812 - 1815
- 157 x 208 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Aguafuerte, buril, lavis y bruñidor
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 16 Dec 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
45 (on the lower left-hand corner).
The title was handwritten on the print by Goya in the first and only series that is known to have been printed at the time the works were created, which the artist gave to his friend Agustín Ceán Bermúdez. Therefore, the title was etched into the plate at a later date and left unchanged as of the first edition of the Disasters of War printed by the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1863, after the printing of the series in the possession of Ceán Bermúdez.
There is a surviving preparatory drawing for this print which is housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid.
A group of figures lie dying in agony near a house. They are victims of the famine that devastated many Spanish cities during the Spanish War of Independence. The skeletal bodies have been depicted with great care: the artist has rendered the emaciated arms and legs and gaunt faces wearing insane expressions in great detail. As the title of the print suggests, these figures have begged for help from a French official who is passing close by the group in the company of a young woman, but the official does not respond.
La plancha se conserva en la Calcografía Nacional (cat. 305).
Goya and the espirit of enlightmentThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York1989scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre. From May 9th to July 16th 1989. Exhibited also in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, from January 18th to March 26th 1989cat. 91
Francisco de GoyaMuseo d'Arte ModernaLugano1996exhibition celebrated from September 22nd to November 17th.cat. 54
Francisco Goya. Sein leben im spiegel der graphik. Fuendetodos 1746-1828 Bordeaux. 1746-1996Galerie KornfeldBern1996from November 21st 1996 to January 1997cat. 138
Francisco Goya. Capricci, follie e disastri della guerraSan Donato Milanese2000Opere grafiche della Fondazione Antonio Mazzottacat. 134
Goya. Opera graficaPinacoteca del Castello di San GiorgioLegnano2006exhibition celebrated from December 16th 2006 to April 1st 2007p. 78
Goya et la modernitéPinacothèque de ParisParís2013from October 11st 2013 to March 16th 2014cat. 93
Goya, grabadorMadridBlass S.A.1918cat. 156
Goya engravings and lithographs, vol. I y II.Bruno Cassirer1964cat. 174
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970cat. 1082
Catálogo de las estampas de Goya en la Biblioteca NacionalMadridMinisterio de Educación y Cultura, Biblioteca Nacional1996cat. 263