Lectures

ART HISTORY LECTURES

Presented by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University. Join us for these educational lectures, presented with wit and humour!

 

GOYA, LAST OF THE OLD MASTERS & FIRST OF THE MODERNS  (1746-1828)   

  Goya, Self-Portrait, 1815, oil on panel 

   

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Goya was born in Fuendetodos (Aragon), Spain, and apprenticed at age 14 to a local artist;  soon he  appeared in Madrid where he studied under Bayeu, a court painter (and Goya’s future brother-in-law).

Well-versed in El Greco and Velázquez, Goya eventually became the Premier Court Painter.  Although he mocked the pretensions, greed and stupidity of the grandees, they did not  observe the artist’s satire and wit. 

In 1792, he was struck deaf by an illness, which caused him to be preoccupied with the morbid and the bizarre.  The 82 etchings of The Caprices (issued in 1799) express nightmarish humor, reminiscent of Rembrandt’s etchings.  His cycle of 85 etchings, The Disasters of War (1810-14) illustrate the routine atrocities and destruction committed in Spain in 1808 by the conquering French.

After retiring from the court, Goya moved to his farmhouse near Madrid in 1815.  There, fearful of mental illness, he created the horrific Black Paintings.  And in 1824 because of the King Ferdinand VII’s reign of terror, he left Spain for Bordeaux, France. In exile, he took up lithography and his style now prefigured that of the Impressionists—Manet and Degas;  and the Moderns–Picasso and Dali.

Goya’s portraits, etchings, and drawings comment with brilliant realism on his era.  In portraiture, he finds a place next to Velázquez and Rembrandt.


 


 

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