Goya: Order and Disorder
Francisco José Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) is widely celebrated as the most important Spanish artist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He is however, not very easy to understand. As the Guardian recently put it: 'how do you make sense of an artist who, all the same time, could depict duchesses in black silk and skeleton brides, sweet royal children and bulls in space? .. And what’s with the flying cats?'
Goya Order and Disorder, the companion book to Boston's Museum of Fine Art's recent exhibition, explores Goya's work as a painter, printmaker, and draftsman throughout his career. It paints an interesting portrait of Goya in his roles as court painter to four successive monarchs, as subversive social critic, as satirist of human folly and superstition, and as the master of fantasy.
This beautifully illustrated and comprehensive book has been organised according to different aspects of Goya's creations such as his life studies, his portraits and his history studies. The authors explore the motives behind Goya's nightmarish images including the political and artistic climate; the effect of his health as well as innovations in printmaking. Also included is a chronology and section on the materials and techniques used by Goya.
Highly recommended as a reference for students and enthusiasts of Goya and his work.
- Author: Stephanie Loeb Stepanek, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- Hardcover: 404 pages
- Date published: September 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0878468089
- Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 24.8 x 3.8cm