Thursday, July 11, 2019

Goya — Visions & Inventions

The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

June 15-September 15
Los Caprichos

September 16-20, the exhibit is on hiatus.

September 21-December 1
La Tauromaquia

Goya — Visions & Inventions showcases the work of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), one of Spain’s greatest artists and an integral influence on Salvador Dalí. His paintings and etchings from the late-18th and early-19th centuries are celebrated for their revolutionary qualities. Many scholars regard Goya’s life and works as the basis for modern art, bridging Classicism and Romanticism and introducing democratic themes into a previously elite art form. The exhibit’s works are on loan from the Meadows Museum in Dallas, which houses one of the most substantial collections of Goya.

Goya – Visions & Inventions features two suites of first-edition prints, printed during Goya’s lifetime, alongside three significant paintings representing unique themes of Goya’s art. The first suite of prints, Los Caprichos (1799), on view June 15-September 15, is among Goya’s most famous works, a series of satirical prints exploring the superstitions and societal ills of his time.

The second print suite, on view September 21 through the end of the exhibit, is La Tauromaquia (1816), a depiction of the history and evolution of bullfighting on the Iberian Peninsula. Both suites highlight Goya’s mastery of inventive printmaking techniques, revolutionary in his day and still relevant today.