Goya in Black and White

Exhibition Website

Oct 7 2018 - Jan 6 2019

Kimbell Art Museum

Fort Worth, TX

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes is among the best-known figures in the history of Spanish art and renowned as one of the greatest painters of all time. He is also revered as one of history’s greatest draftsmen and printmakers. This exhibition showcases more than seventy-five of his paramount works on paper from the unparalleled collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Goya in Black and White  explores the evolution of the artist’s graphic work in all media. The importance of black and white is shown throughout the exhibition—not only literally, in black ink on white paper, but also figuratively, as in the oppositions of night and day, the balance between menacing shadow and hopeful light, that pervade the artist’s imagination. 

In the Kimbell’s exhibition, Goya’s principal series and best-known compositions, including the Caprichos series, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, Disasters of War, Disparates, and Tauromaquia, are represented in detail, some works in multiple impressions, to show the creative evolution of the artistic process of a genius.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.         
Image:  Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “Martincho’s Recklessness in the Ring at Zaragoza Bullfighting 18,” 1815–16, etching and aquatint with burnishing, first edition; Gift of Miss Ellen T. Bullard. 25.1173. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Works on Paper
  • European
  • 18th Century
  • Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

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