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Dr. Sarah Symmons

March 2006 

Dr. Sarah Symmons 


Sarah Symmon Lecture in Edinburgh 

Dr. Sarah Symmons will provide a lecture at the Talbot Rice Theatre, University of Edinburgh Scotland on Saturday, 11th November, 2008. The lecture is on Raeburn and Goya: The Redefining of Artistic Personality. This event is a part of the exhibition "Raeburn and his printmakers" at National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Dr. Symmon's official web site is here

Sarah Symmon's Art and Ideas: Goya book sales exceed 200,000 
Details about this book (we have a review here)

The book has been translated into French, Japanese and Greek.

London Goya Lecture by Dr. Sarah Symmons
Dr. Symmons web site has notation of a lecture slated for Thursday, November 24th 2005 at 2:30 pm at the Wallace Collection in London. The web site announcement is here. The Wallace Collection web site is here.

BBC "Goya's Black Art" Dr. Sarah Symmons
You can read the text of a piece by Dr. Sarah Symmons about Goya which was broadcast on the BBC "Night Waves" program. The text for "Goya's Black Art" is here.

"Goya himself disliked wearing black. When the court was in mourning for King Carlos III he wrote that everyone went round looking like crows."

When we wrote Dr. Symmons about obtaining an interview, she mentioned her coming book on Goya's letters. Below is a portion of what she mentioned concerning her coming book on Goya's letters.

"My next book is the first English translation of all Goya's letters (both professional and personal) and will be published on 5th February 2004 by Pimlico, Random House, London. The translator is the late Philip Troutman, a former curator of the Courtauld Galleries in London, (which incidentally has a magnificent Goya portrait in its collection) and he devoted his retirement to translating Goya's writings. When he died in 1999 his widow turned his unfinished project over to Juliet Wilson Bareau and asked if she would finish it. Juliet had no time and asked me to take on the work. I have edited all the letters, completed the translations and written five chapters of commentary on Goya's writing style and the drawings in his letters. The book should be a major contribution to Goya scholarship..."

Sarah Symmons-Goubert is a lecturer at the University of Essex. She has had five books published and organized two international exhibitions on British Romantic Painting and the art of the sculptor John Flaxman.

Her books are:
Goya: In Pursuit of Patronage 
(Hardcover - December 1988) 
ISBN: 0860920755 
(Hardcover - September 2004) 
To be released by Chaucer Press.
Phaidon Art & Ideas 1998
ISBN: 0714837512 
Goya: A Life in Letters
Edited by Sarah Symmons
Category: Biography & Autobiography; Literary Criticism - Letters
Pimlico, April 2004
ISBN: 0-7126-0679-3 
Flaxman and Europe: 
The Outline Illustrations and Their Influence 
ISBN: 0824059875 
303 pages, New York, Garland Pub., 1984.
Library of Congress Notes: Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--Courtauld Institute of Art, London

The Savannah College of Art & Design has a page on Dr. Symmon's January, 2003 lecture here.
The University of Essex has a page on Dr. Symmons here.
Chaucer Press has a page announcing Symmon's book on Daumier here.

Our 2006 interview with Dr. Symmons is here.

Our 2004 interview with Dr. Symmons is here.

Our general page on Dr. Sarah Symmons is here.

Review of Goya by Sarah Symmons

Dr. Symmon's official web site is here.

Her page on her book  Goya: A Life in letters is here.

The Amazon page for ordering her book   Goya: A Life in Letters

Guardian Unlimited brief review Sarah Symmons Goya: Life in Letters

You can hear an audio lecture (mp3 format) on Goya at Dr. Symmon's web site here


Goya by Sarah Symmons

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Goya The Terrible Sublime - Graphic Novel - (Spanish Edition) - Amazon

Goya: His Life & Works in 500 Images: An illustrated account of the artist, his life and context, with a gallery of 300 paintings and drawings – 256 pages, Lorenz Books, 2015 - Amazon

Goya Ephemera

"From this headlong seizure of life we should not expect a calm and refined art, nor a reflective one. Yet Goya was more than a Nietzschean egoist riding roughshod over the world to assert his supermanhood. He was receptive to all shades of feeling, and it was his extreme sensitivity as well as his muscular temerity that actuated his assaults on the outrageous society of Spain." From Thomas Craven's essay on Goya from MEN OF ART (1931).

"...Loneliness has its limits, for Goya was not a prophet but a painter. If he had not been a painter his attitude to life would have found expression only in preaching or suicide." From Andre Malroux's essay in SATURN: AN ESSAY ON GOYA (1957).

"Goya is always a great artist, often a frightening one...light and shade play upon atrocious horrors." From Charles Baudelaire's essay on Goya from CURIOSITES ESTRANGERS (1842).

"[An] extraordinary mingling of hatred and compassion, despair and sardonic humour, realism and fantasy." From the foreword by Aldous Huxley to THE COMPLETE ETCHINGS OF GOYA (1962).

"His analysis in paint, chalk and ink of mass disaster and human frailty pointed to someone obsessed with the chaos of existence..." From the book on Goya by Sarah Symmons (1998).

"I cannot forgive you for admiring Goya...I find nothing in the least pleasing about his paintings or his etchings..." From a letter to (spanish) Duchess Colonna from the French writer Prosper Merimee (1869).

Los Caprichos Goya - Amazon

GOYA : Los Caprichos - Dover Edition - Amazon

Goya Book - Robert Hughes - 2006

Goya A Life in Letters

Goya: A Life in Letters


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