Duro Es El Paso (Hard is the Way)
Gallery card -
Franscisco José de GOYA y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
Duro es el Paso.
Plate 14. From LOS DESASTERES DE LA GUERRA
10 x 13 1/2 in.
Goya created a series of prints called the Disasters of War, which weren't published until 35 years after his death. The series departs markedly from the heroic depictions of warfare that had traditiaonlly been the subject of art. Instead, Goya focused on the devastation that oridnary people suffer as a result of conflict - a reality that Goya knew all too well, as he lived through a period of near constant political upheaval and war.
The composition of Duro es el Paso (plate 14 from Disasters o War) evokes images of the Crucifixion from Christian tradition, turning a depiction of an execution into a scene of martyrdom.