Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited with text by Martin Schwander. Text by Andreas Beyer, Helmut C. Jacobs, Ioana Jimborean, José Manuel Matilla, Gudrun Maurer, Manuela B. Mena Marqués, Colm Tóibín, Bodo Vischer.
Francisco de Goya was one of the last great court artists and a significant trailblazer for modern art—and now, the Fondation Beyeler, in collaboration with the Museo Nacional del Prado, has mounted one of the most extensive exhibitions of his work outside of Spain, a major event commemorated with this monumental publication.
In a career of more than 60 years, Goya acted as an astute observer of the drama of reason and irrationality, of dreams and nightmares. His pictures show things that go beyond social conventions: he depicts saints and criminals, witches and demons, breaking open the gates to realms where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur. The Fondation Beyeler exhibition and its accompanying catalog gathers more than 70 paintings, around 60 masterful drawings and a selection of prints that invite the viewer to an encounter with Goya’s vision of the beautiful, as well as the incomprehensible. For the first time, rarely seen paintings from private collections in Spain have been united with key works from the most famous European and American museums and private collections. This extensive catalog examines Goya’s unique artistic impact in texts by renowned interpreters, and features splendid photographic illustrations.
The work of Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) covers the spectrum from the Rococo to Romanticism. The last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns, Goya was both a transitional and completely singular figure, a chronicler of the events and protagonists of his day and an explorer of timeless interior realms.
Published by Skira. Text by José Manuel Matilla Rodríguez.
In collaboration with the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid on the occasion of its 200th anniversary in 2019, Skira has published an accurate reproduction of Francisco Goya’s (1746-1828) precious Cuaderno C, or Album C in English. Containing more than 100 drawings from the years 1808 to 1820, Cuaderno C covers a wide variety of charged topics, clearly influenced by the events of the Peninsular War and its turbulent aftermath. Goya devoted a large section of the album to drawings that depict prisoners of the Inquisition and their suffering while incarcerated; another section critiques the representation of monastic life, which was secularized in keeping with the French authorities’ orders.
Unlike the first two drawing albums, which were professionally bound with high-quality Dutch paper, Goya made Cuaderno C himself out of the cheaper Spanish paper available to him at the time, making the volume’s survival all the more remarkable. An essay by José Manuel Matilla Rodríguez, art historian and head of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Museo Nacional del Prado, accompanies the drawings.
Published by MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Text by Stephanie Loeb Stepanek, Frederick Ilchman, Janis A. Tomlinson, Clifford S. Ackley, Jane E. Braun, Manuela B. Mena Marqués, Gudrun Maurer, Elisabetta Polidori, Sue W. Reed, Benjamin Weiss, Juliet Wilson-Bareau.
Francisco Goya has been widely celebrated as the most important Spanish artist of the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the last of the old masters and the first of the moderns, and an astute observer of the human condition in all its complexity. The many-layered and shifting meanings of his work have made him one of the most studied artists in the world. Few, however, have made the ambitious attempt to explore his work as a painter, printmaker and draftsman across media and the timeline of his life. This book does just that, presenting a comprehensive and integrated view of Goya's most important paintings, prints, and drawings through the themes and imagery that continually challenged or preoccupied the artist. They reveal how he strove relentlessly to understand and describe human behavior and emotional states, even at their most orderly or disorderly extremes, in elegant and incisive portraits, dramatic and monumental history paintings, and series of prints and drawings of a satirical, disturbing and surreal nature. Derived from the research for the largest Goya art exhibition in North America in a quarter-century, this book takes a fresh look at one of the greatest artists in history by examining the fertile territory between the two poles that defined the range of his boundlessly creative personality.
Francisco José Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) was born in Fuendetodos, Aragón, in the northeast of Spain. Goya was court painter to the Spanish Crown, and famously documented the Peninsular War (1807–1814) between France and Spain in his harrowing Disasters of War series. An important bridge to the modernist era, Goya's oeuvre provided a crucial precedent for artists such as Manet, Picasso and Francis Bacon.
Published by Ediciones Polígrafa. Text by José Gudiol.
Goya--the name alone evokes countless masterpieces, both painted and printed: the raw and brutal “Third of May 1808,” the nightmarish Caprichos etchings (with the famous motto, “The sleep of reason produces monsters”), the compellingly erotic “Nude Maja” and “Clothed Maja,” the savage Disasters of War series and, of course, the late black paintings, with their murky forebodings of public unrest and private turmoil. Although Goya’s influence on his contemporaries was minimal (eclipsed as he was at the time by artists trained in the classical style of David and Ingres), it can now be traced clearly from Manet through Picasso to Surrealism, Polke, the Chapman brothers and on. Nobody expressed the ravages of warfare and the extremes of human experience like Goya; it made him the envy of Picasso, who, as a young artist, copied his signature over and over, as though to absorb the personality and abilities of his one supreme influence. And it is perhaps the wildly imaginative freedoms of Goya’s late work that has kept him so contemporary--that, and the palpable emotion in his brushwork, so full of impact and sensation. Here, José Gudiol, renowned author of essays and monographs on Velázquez, El Greco and Spanish art, provides a serious introduction to the massive subject that is Goya.
Around 1770 or 1771, Francisco Goya went to Italy for roughly one year. Although it is not known whether he was actually fleeing the Spanish Inquisition, as an artist of his time he was certainly undertaking a pilgrimage to a country in which many (non-Italian) artists had completed their apprenticeships. Myths proliferate about Goya's Italian period. There are tales of his working as an acrobat, romancing a nun and being offering a job as court painter to Catherine the Great. Whatever the truth of these, he certainly came face to face with much inspirational art: Raphael and Michelangelo at the Vatican, Tiepolo, Correggio's frescoes in Parma, plus the Belvedere Torso of Apollonius and the Farnese Hercules of Glykon (both of which he sketched). During this stint, Goya also entered a painting in the Parma Academy competition, winning second prize. But upon his return to Spain, Goya was an artist transformed, liberated from Neoclassicism and free to pursue his own wilder painterly imaginings. By 1774, Goya had gone from anonymity to become Saragossa's most prosperous artist. What was he doing during this murky Italian jaunt? Goya and Italy is the first book to consider this question at length. In its pages, historians have collaborated to recreate the climate of eighteenth-century Rome, to postulate Goya's place in it and to assess the legacy of this shrouded episode in his biography. It will prove an invaluable document for Goya fans.