Goya Artwork


Milkmaid of Bordeaux
Added information to the page on the painting.

The Zaentz/Forman Film on Goya

It's not exactly good news, but we have an update on the effort by the maker of the 1984 Mozart bio-film (Amadeus) to make one on Goya.

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Is It A Goya?

Did Prado miss big buy,
or is all the fuss just politics?

By Roland Flamini, United Press International
December 6, 2003
Original Story from the Washington Times

From the article: "A museum's nightmare: having to choose between two paintings by two masters that come up for sale at the same time.

A worse nightmare: It's a Spanish museum, and the masters are the two giants of Spanish painting, each with his reputation recently refreshed.

It came close to happening. Indeed, say some, it did happen. And thereby hangs one of the year's most interesting art stories.

... Not long after the Velazquez acquisition was announced, the Spanish daily newspaper ABC revealed that the Prado apparently had passed up an opportunity to acquire "an extraordinary Goya" and had bought instead what the paper called "a minor Velazquez.

...Called "Celestina and a Woman on a Balcony," the vivid Goya work had been in the collection of a Spanish family. In a typical Goya scene from late-18th-century bourgeois life in his native Spain, the artist depicts a wizened old marriage broker — a Celestina in Spanish — and her young, elegantly dressed "client" standing on a balcony. "

"The Divine Comedy:
Francisco Goya, Buster Keaton, William Kentridge"

Until April 25, 2004
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver, BC, CA Canada
Full story at Absoluteart.com

From the article: "The Vancouver Art Gallery will launch the new year with The Divine Comedy: Francisco Goya, Buster Keaton, William Kentridge, an exhibition that connects three artists from dramatically different historical periods and explores the relationship between comedy and violence, laughter and tears. From 18th century etchings to contemporary videos, this exhibition provides a timely look at how black comedy, absurdity and satire are used to express our relationship to a tumultuous world.

The Divine Comedy looks at aesthetics, politics and humour through Goya’s poignant and satirical late 18th century etchings, Keaton’s deadpan silent films from the 1920’s and Kentridge’s political contemporary drawings, prints, sculptures and videos."

"The Artist Observed:
Portraits and Self-Portraits"

Exhibit at Cantor Arts Center, Stanford
Palo Alto Weekly Review

"...included is a self-portrait by Francisco Jose de Goya. Completed in 1799, the etching depicts a hatted, collared figure staring off to the side of the print, quite unlike the usually extroverted artist."

Interview with Dr. Symmons here.

Dr. Sarah Symmons has a new book on Goya's personal letters coming out in April 2004. We have a page on Dr. Symmons with more detail about this project here.

Be sure to check our page on Robert Hughes' Goya book, released November 2003 from Knopf.

Audio Interview with Hughes
Goya's "work posited a rather unstable world," says Robert Hughes in an interview about his new book. (Realaudio file) The NY Times file is here.

Hidden Goya Self-Portrait
in The Third of May?

The writer Siri Hustvedt discusses
viewing the Goya painting El Tres de Mayo
and discovering a small self-portrait
image in the shadowy lower
left corner.

"I told myself that I had looked too long at this section of the painting and was seeing things the way children see images in shadows or clouds. And then, to my utter astonishment, I saw Goya's face staring out at me. It's a simple rendering - large eyes, flat nose and open mouth, but it includes the artist's signature leonine hair flowing out from around his jawline."

UK Observer article here.
View the painting here.

David Gewanter's book
of poetry "The Sleep
of Reason" based on
Goya's etching
of the same name

"David Gewanter's intelligent, uneven new book of poems takes its name from an etching by Goya, ''The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,'' in which a sleeping artist's unfettered imagination gives birth to mad-eyed horrors. As you might expect, then, the poems here often involve violence, irrationality, ''the choke of fertility'' and other things that go bump in the night."

A review of this book by
David Orr is at the NYTimes here.

Goya etchings & Gusky photographs together for Dallas, Texas exhibit

"The 70 etchings and photographs, "Images of Human Tragedy in Black & White," are shown in tandem on the walls of the Meadows Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus. Each set is a potent, disturbing comment on man's inhumanity. Together, they are almost unbearable.

The earliest ones, etchings by Francisco de Goya, depict the atrocities of the Napoleonic Wars in Spain. The more recent set consists of photographs by Dr. Jeffrey Gusky capturing the legacy of the Nazis' extermination of the Polish Jews. Goya depicts acts of extreme brutality, Gusky only the shadowy remains of a civilization"

The Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd., Dallas
Through Jan. 4, 2004. Free Admission.
Information (214) 768-2516

Review article by Gaile Robinson
Star-Telegram Art and Design Critic here.

Goya Disasters of War
disfigured for
modern art display

"No Shock, No Awe." By Perry McPartland
"Having received £500,000 from Saatchi for their piece, "Hell", the Chapman brothers purchased a complete set of Goya's "Disasters Of War" prints. Their new work, "The Rape Of Creativity" reveals them as having gone through the lot, changing the figures´ heads into clowns, nazis, rabbits and puppy dogs. As a piece it is symptomatic of the current floundering in the British art scene."

"No Shock, No Awe," New York Arts
Mag online article here.


Spanish Art Exhibit
in Louisiana

"The Heart of Spain is a centerpiece of Central Louisiana’s celebration of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial and features work by such world renowned artists as El Greco, Murillo, Ribalta, and Goya. The collection is a magnificent cross-section of spiritually-themed paintings, tapestries, sculptures, jewelry and ancient symbols of faith that document one of the world’s oldest themes: man’s spiritual journey. "

Official Web site here
Alexandria Museum Website here
Alexandria "Town Talk" Review here
Times-Picayune Review here


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