Saturday, March 31, 2018

Goya (March 30, 1746 - April 16, 1828).

March 30, 1746. Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746 - 16 April 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker. He is considered the most important Spanish artist of late 18th and early 19th centuries and throughout his long career was a commentator and chronicler of his era. Immensely successful in his lifetime, Goya is often referred to as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. In this image: Francisco de Goya, The victorious Hannibal, 1771 (not one of his more interesting paintings, IMHO). 

Yesterday was Goya's birthday but his best work is so grim that I could not bring myself to write about him, esp after writing about Van Gogh who created work in such vibrant color out of his own suffering. But Goya's images of war are as powerful today as when he made them.

Yes, he did lovely paintings of the Spanish nobility but this work does not draw on his deepest talents.

The 3rd of May - showing the murder of Spanish patriots by the invading French

The Disasters of War: 

Robert Hughes: "...he speaks to us with an urgency that no artist of ou time can muster. We see his long dead  face pressed against the glass of our terrible century. Goya looking at a time (almost) worst than his." (Nothing If Not Critical)

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I always knew Goya as a "war painter." I didn't know he painted Spanish nobility. The work here is the first one I've seen. To be perfectly honest, most of his works that I know of are very depressing, but he was depicting a world that was in the throes of terrible times. He has great attention to detail, which makes the wars come a little too alive.