Francisco Goya [1746 – 1828]

Spanish romantic painter and printmaker

Francisco Goya

was born,

March 30, 1746

in Fuendetodos in Aragon, Spain

Goya 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.

So here’s a glimpse of this master’s work
The Parasol

❝ Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.❞

Portrait of Josefa Bayeu
Portrait of Manuel Godoy
Majas on a Balcony

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

❝ 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.❞

The Second of May 1808
The Third of May 1808
The Garroted Man
José Costa y Bonells

❝ In art, there is no need for color; I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait.❞

Plate 4 – Las mujeres dan valor (The women are courageous). This plate depicts a struggle between a group of civilians fighting soldiers.
A Scene from ‘The Forcibly Bewitched’
The Family of the Infante Don Luis

La maja vestida
La maja desnuda

❝ Painting (like poetry) chooses from universals what is most apposite. It brings together, in a single imaginary being, circumstances and characteristics which occur in nature in many different persons.❞

Sebastián Martínez y Pérez
Plate 47 – Así sucedió (This is how it happened). The last print in the first group. Murdered monks lie by French soldiers looting church treasures.
Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, María Agustina
Charles IV of Spain and His Family
A Picnic
Sacrifice to Pan

❝ With all my work, I have not more, with my shares in the bank and the Academy, than twelve or thirteen thousand reales a year, and with all this, I am as contented as the happiest man on earth.❞

Sacrifice to Pan

❝ I have had three masters, Nature, Velasquez, and Rembrandt.❞

Witches’ Sabbath or Aquelarre
Saturn Devouring His Son
The Milkmaid of Bordeaux

❝ The act of painting is about one heart telling another heart where he found salvation.❞

Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga
Doña Isabel de Porcel

❝ First be a magnificent artist and then you can do whatever, but the art must be first.❞

Gun dogs
The Dog

❝ I am beginning to have more powerful enemies and more envious ones, too.❞

Self Portrait

and from

Franz Joseph Haydn

who’s birthday was on the 31st of March, 1732

we listen to his

“Un piccolo divertimento: Variations”

Arthur Rubinstein piano

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49 replies »

  1. He did amazing works. I can’t add to my previous comment, except to say I am not a fan of religious paintings, although I can appreciate the artsmanship. I’m glad he didn’t focus on those, as his portraits are rare photos, in a sense. He must have been half mad, judging from his madness works.

  2. Doña Isabel de Porcel and The Milkmaid of Bordeaux are my 2 faves.
    Majas on a Balcony is pleasant, until I look at the background.
    Interesting how he works from the beauty of portraiture, to something evil this way comes.
    Totally enjoyed the Haydn piece! Thank you!!!

  3. A marvelous collection of Francisco Goya’s artwork, Marina. Diverse, poignant, frightening – he was a master of igniting our emotions. I especially appreciated that you added this quote: “I have had three masters, Nature, Velasquez, and Rembrandt.”

    • “Master of igniting our emotions” so well said, Rebecca and I loved that quote too! Thank you, my dearest friend for joining me in another art journey. Enjoy a beautiful Wednesday! xoxo

  4. I love the beautifully intricate and rich paintings of Goya Marina. Truly one of the greatest artists among the masters. His range of subjects is remarkable, from the beautiful portraits to the surreal Saturn and garroted man. Thank you for the the lovely series. Sending love ❤️

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