Music by Francis Goya, Historia De Un Amor
Paintings by Francisco José de Goya y Luciente
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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish 1746 – 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker. He is considered the most important Spanish artist of the 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. He was also one of the great portraitists of his time.
Goya was born to a lower-middle-class family in 1746, in Fuendetodos in Aragon. He studied painting from age 14 under José Luzán y Martinez and moved to Madrid to study with Anton Raphael Mengs. He married Josefa Bayeu in 1773; their life was characterised by an almost constant series of pregnancies and miscarriages, and only one child, a son, survived into adulthood. Goya became a court painter to the Spanish Crown in 1786 and this early portion of his career is marked by portraits of the Spanish aristocracy and royalty, and Rococo style tapestry cartoons designed for the royal palace.
Goya’s Influence on Modern and Contemporary Artists and Writers
In the early 20th century, Spanish masters Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí drew influence from Los caprichos and Black Paintings of Goya.
In the 21st century, American postmodern painters such as Michael Zansky and Bradley Rubenstein draw inspiration from “The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters” (1796-98) and Goya’s Black Paintings. Zanksy’s “Giants and Dwarf Series’ (1990-2002) of large-scale paintings and wood carvings use imagery from Goya.
Giannina Braschi dramatizes Goya’s “The Burial of the Sardine” in the postcolonial novel United States of Banana. Swedish cartoonist and illustrator Joakim Lindengren drew a parody of “The Burial of the Sardine” in his comic book version of United States of Banana (2017).