Art in Silence: Who is Goya?

by admin on February 15, 2013

Francisco Goya

Once an outcast in the society because of his art work but now recognized because of it, Francisco de Goya was a native of Fuendetodos and resided in many places such as Rome, Bordeaux and Madrid. He exercised his artistic skills when he was just a young boy. He became an apprentice to a known artist at the place to learn the basics of art and went on to Italy to further learn more about art. After his studies Goya went to Zaragoza and worked a Rococo style painter in Basilica Del Pilar that started his status as an artist. From 1775-1792he created different paintings to Madrids factory of royal tapestry that later molded his skills in painting even more and produced paintings of daily sceneries.

Goya was known to be detail-oriented when it comes to behavior, life and the evolution of the realistic neo classicism to idealistic rococo style. He based some of his painting styles from Velazquez and made all the knowledge that has gathered into his own unique style of painting. The uniqueness of the style of Goya made him famous in creating portraits making his name known to royalties and lords in 1786.

He lived on in success for several years and even became the painting director at Royal Academy, but when he suffered a condition that made him loss his hearing back in 1972 it made drastic changes into his social life. Because of the inability to communicate with other well he became a social outcast and distance himself from the others making him an introvert. During this depressing stage in his life he created artworks that had a critical commentary in his life. During the 1799 he produced the Caprichos a set of etching that targeted mans weakness. The loss of his ability to hear even affect some of his liturgical works making them show a type of realism that is not known during that time.

When Napoleon Bonaparte of France invaded Spain, Goya made a living as a court painter. His paintings were good but it had something in it that expresses his great hatred of war. This hatred can be seen all throughout his 1810-1814 etching series work entitled Los Desastres de la Guerra.

The style and the mood that Goya showed in his painting did not please all who saw it. There was even a time when he was summoned for questioning because his work The Naked Maja. The artwork was an etching of a naked woman that some members of the society found offensive.

Because of the negative thought that he had developed starting from the time that he lost his hearing up to the time when he witnessed the horrors of war in the society, Goya produced several paintings that has very negative themes. The style of Goya’s artworks crossed the boundaries of what is good and continued to express the darkness of his mood. One particular painting is the Black Painting; this was a painting that generally used earthy colors and to show images of two wickedly looking figures.

Gaya’s artistic lifetime career produced many works of art that is well appreciated in the modern era. In his later life he moved to Bordeux where he resides and continued his passion until his last breath. And of the art works that he left behind answer the question who is Goya.

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