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Goya Art & Ideas by Sarah Symmons 0714837512 9780714837512
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Goya Art & Ideas by Sarah Symmons

This paperback edition of the award-winning study of the life and work of Goya is filled with the same fine reproductions as the original 1994 hardcover. Goya was one of Spains greatest and most controversial painters, famous for incisive portraits and the black paintings of his later years. Scholars have often attributed Goyas progression from producing light-hearted court paintings to creating somber images of the Napoleonic wars to the artists serious illness of 1792, which left him deaf. Writer Janis Tomlinsons aim here is to show a continuity in his work before and after the illness. She sees in Goyas vast output--at least 1,800 works--a vital drive to explore and exploit his personal creativity, which was strengthened by the deafness that cut him off from all but visual communication with the world. With detail supported by formidable research, Tomlinson presents Goyas life chronologically, analyzing his work from icons like the Naked Maya to his Los Caprichos series of etchings with their biting social satire and supernatural imaginings of a world turned upside down. The demonic intensity of Saturn Devouring His Son and Witches Sabbath, painted on the walls of his Country House of a Deaf Man at the end of his life, suggest to some the work of an embittered madman. Rather, these disturbing paintings reflect Goyas profound empathy for the victims of a predatory and unjust society--empathy that a modern audience readily shares. --John Stevenson

Author: Sarah Symmons

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: Phaidon Press

Publication Date: 1998-10-01

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ISBN: 0714837512

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