Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Image One, Inc.

Between the years 1810 and 1814 he produced his famous series of etchings—"The Disasters of War" and his two masterpieces—"The Second of May, 1808" and "The Third of May, 1808". These paintings show an extraordinarily powerful and expressive use of colour. Goya concentrated exclusively on achieving a horrific effect, excluding everything that was irrelevant. They represent a revolutionary advance in the whole conception of the range and purpose of painting. For the first time war was depicted as futile and inglorious and for the first time there were no heroes only killers and the killed.