Francisco Goya’s Famous Paintings – A Spanish Romantic Painter and Artist
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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746 — 16 April 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown, and through his works was both a commentator on and chronicler of his era. The subversive imaginative element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet, Picasso and Francis Bacon.
Goya was born in Fuendetodos, Aragón, Spain, in 1746 to José Benito de Goya y Franque and Gracia de Lucientes y Salvador. He spent his childhood in Fuendetodos, where his family lived in a house bearing the family crest of his mother. His father, who was of Basque origin, earned his living as a gilder. About 1749, the family bought a house in the city of Zaragoza and some years later moved into it.
First be a magnificent artist and then you can do whatever, but the art must be first. (Francisco de Goya)
Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels. (Francisco de Goya)
I see only forms that are lit up and forms that are not. There is only light and shadow. (Francisco de Goya)
Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of source of their wonders. (Francisco de Goya)
Always lines, never forms! But where do they find these lines in Nature! For my part I see only forms that are lit up and forms that are not. There is only light and shadow. (Francisco de Goya)
I have had three masters, Nature, Velasquez, and Rembrandt. (Francisco de Goya)
But where do they find these lines in nature? I can only see luminous or obscure masses, planes that advance or planes that recede, reliefs or background. My eye never catches lines or details. (Francisco de Goya)
The sleep of reason produces monsters. (Francisco de Goya)