Francisco de Goya

Spanish, 1746–1828


The tempestuous works of Francisco de Goya distinguish him as the most important Spanish painter of his time. Among his contemporaries, he was best known for his lighthearted tapestry cartoons of leisure activities, subtle satirical etchings of the bourgeoisie, and penetratingly psychological portraits of the aristocracy. Having survived an unknown illness that left him deaf and witnessed the atrocities committed during Napoleon’s occupation, which are hauntingly portrayed in the mass execution of Spanish civilians in The Third of May 1808, Goya went on to create some of his most somber, chilling images with his late “Black Paintings,” which were painted directly onto the walls of his home. Now recognized as a harbinger of modern art, Goya influenced numerous artists, including Pablo Picasso in the creation of his masterpiece Guernica (1937).

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Solo show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Jul 8th, 2019
How Goya’s “Third of May” Forever Changed the Way We Look at War
May 2nd, 2019
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