Francisco de Goya’s etching and aquatint work, “Que se la llevaron!” (They Carried Her Off!), is part of the Los Caprichos series which critiques Spanish society and rulers in the late 18th century. Created between 1797 and 1799, this piece highlights the difficulty of understanding between men and women. It shows a woman being unexpectedly taken away by a group of men, leaving her distressed mother behind.
The artwork measures 306 x 201 mm and was published as part of an album in 1799. This print serves as a formal criticism portraying the ineffectual rulers and their circle as well as highlighting gender differences in Spanish society at that time. It revealed how women were often objectified and seen merely as possessions by men. These themes are common throughout Goya’s work.
This print is one of many works created during Goya’s period in which he expressed his disillusionment with aspects of his contemporary society through his art. Today, it is displayed at Brooklyn Museum where visitors can see it first-hand along with several other notable pieces from Goya’s career. Though printed long ago, Que se la llevaron! remains relevant to discussions on gender relations in modern culture making worth more than US$6,500 for collectors who value its incisive portrayal of societal issues.