Francisco Goya – an artist whose work I admire and why I admire his work

Posted: August 28, 2011 in Caprichos-engravings-by-Goya, Disasters of War-by Goya, engravings, Francisco Goya
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Goya - The sleep of reason produces monsters

Francisco Goya (1746-1828) was a painter that started as an “Old Master” and ended his career as perhaps the first “modern” painter. I prefer his later etchings from Los Caprichos and Disasters of War. He saw the lack of reason surrounding him in Spanish society. I like his work because it is timeless and applies to current history. I am amazed by his drawings.

Against the common good

The same (thing)

  1. Tim Carson says:

    Saw his work two summers ago at the Prada in Madrid! Late work haunting! Kept a lot of it in his house as he went increasingly deaf and, well, off kilter.


    • johndyess says:

      I saw a movie about Goya that was about his last years and recreated his wall paintings at his house. Sometimes the dark side of life interest me. Perhaps it is a contrast to some of the commercial work I have done that depicts happy people using products they may not need.

  2. Glenn Myers says:

    All that you say and more. These are precursors to the best in editorial “cartoons” as well.

  3. johndyess says:

    Yes they are the precursors of editorial cartoons,except Goya showed scenes of life that would never get past an editor.

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