OF THE WORLD:
In effect, is there anyone in the world who has never seen a reproduction, I mean a photo, of The Nude Maja? Or of the Third of May 1808? Well it was Goya of course who painted them, who in addition was the creator of many other outstanding paintings, and the extraordinary artist who would be known to posterity as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns.
Initially trained in the then-current Rococo style, Goya gradually developed his own characteristic style, showing the influence of Velazquez and Rembrandt. Those were happy days for him. In time, however, his work would become somber in mood, from his satirical caricatures to the so-called “Black Paintings.” Plus there is an abyss of difference between the young Goya of La Cometa, of 1777-78, or even The Swing of 1787, and the old Goya of Saturn Devouring His Sons of 1821-23.
And while these assertions cannot be refuted - what with the troubled
life Goya still had to endure, including his becoming deaf after a cruel
disease in 1796 - he still was showing in 1827, one year before his
death, bright sparks of optimism, so much so that he would still paint
between 1825-1827, i.e. several years after he produced his Saturn,
his unassuming but most wonderful Milkmaid - a
triumph of man over adversity, and the work I have chosen to feature in
Luis Miguel Goitizolo
GREAT MASTERS OF PAINTING - FRANCISCO DE GOYA
March 30, 1746, Fuendetodos, Spain
Technical data (2)
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
was a Spanish romantic painter
both as the last of the Old
the first of the moderns. Goya was court painter to the Spanish
throughout the Peninsular
remained in Madrid, where he painted the portrait ofJoseph
pretender to the Spanish throne, and documented the war in the
masterpiece of studied ambiguity known as the Desastres
de la Guerra. Through
his works he was both a commentator on and chronicler of his era. The
subversive imaginative element in his art, as well as his bold handling
(2) The Artchive.
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