Spanish romantic painter and printmaker
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
❝ Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.❞
❝ 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.❞
❝ In art, there is no need for color; I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait.❞
❝ 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.❞
❝ 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.❞
❝ I have had three masters, Nature, Velasquez, and Rembrandt.❞
❝ The act of painting is about one heart telling another heart where he found salvation.❞
❝ First be a magnificent artist and then you can do whatever, but the art must be first.❞
❝ I am beginning to have more powerful enemies and more envious ones, too.❞
Franz Joseph Haydn
who’s birthday was on the 31st of March, 1732
we listen to his
“Un piccolo divertimento: Variations”
Arthur Rubinstein piano
For more information on Goya:
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.
Here’s an interesting read about his ‘madness’: https://wsimag.com/art/6556-the-madness-of-goya
That was a great read! Now wonder!!!! He was the first photojournalist… in a sense. xoxoxoxoxo
There is such variation in mood among these pieces!
Indeed!!!! A complete ….madhouse of moods and expressions!
A true Master, and I am Humbled in my experience of his skilled works. He is A Legend.
Oh, yes, my dear friend, A Legend indeed! 🙏
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!!!
…”to something evil this way comes”! Indeed he is a master of conveying layers and layers of emotions in just one painting!
So happy you enjoyed Haydn too!
Love love and more love!!!!
Happy Easter to you, Dahling!
(Ours is end of April this year 😉)
Ah…Okay! Will wish you a good one again, later, dahling!!
I’m collecting chicks for then!!!! 🤣😉🤣😉😘
Sounds good! What day exactly?
May 2 (i think!) 😉😘😘😘😘😘
Wonderful share…. And I loved the Haydn!
Thank you, dahling (it’s contagious!) Dale! So glad you enjoyed both!
Some contagions are good! 🙂
Oh, yes they are! 😉 xoxoxoxo
What!? No old lady frying eggs or surrender at Breda?
haha, only kidding 🐓
A ha ha haaa…. well he did say that Velasquez was one of his 3 Masters! 😉
I only know the artist by name recognition, but not by works. Definitely a variety of styles with a touch of the dark side. The second Sacrifice of Pan has beautiful color!
Oh, yes! As Rebecca brilliantly put it, his was a master of igniting emotions.
Happy April, my dear Frank!
Amazing photos 🌷🙏🌷
Amazing paintings indeed. Thank you for visiting. 🙂
Thank you for the reply 🙏🌹
My pleasure! 🙂
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
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 ❤️
Amazing painter, isn’t he…
I’m so happy you’re joining me in my journeys to painters works.
Sending more love and many many hugs!
I live art by the masters. I live the Surrealists. You have the most wonderful displays and narrative Marina! xoxoxo
I bet you live as well as love them 😉 You are so sweet, thank you, dahling Holly!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
You are welcome dearheart! xoxoxo
I liked the pictures so much, they are expressing a specific time and specific incidents. I would be happy if you comment on my lat blog
Thank you, Mina. Goya is one of the old masters, yet I think his work transcends the ages.
Most welcome Marina. I am inviting you to comment on my last blog (Delicious Meal) prepared by me and i can tell you the recipe if you want
Thank you, Mina. I would ask you for the recipe, but I am vegan, but thank you very much for offering! 🙂
Good to hear you are vegan. I am also vegan for 55 days till the easter comes here in Egypy. We are in the holy fast. That meal was before almost 6 months i made
We’re fasting here too till Easter, but I’m vegan for about 20 years now. 😉