Exhibition | Goya: Visions and Inventions

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on July 9, 2019

Now on view at The Dalí Museum in Florida:

Before Dali — Goya: Visions and Inventions
The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, 15 June — 1 December 2019

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Portrait of Francisco Sabatini, ca. 1775–79, oil on canvas, 33 × 25 inches (Dallas: Meadows Museum at SMU, MM.67.03).

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) is one of the most important Spanish artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, celebrated for his revolutionary paintings, drawings, and engravings. Goya’s life and works deeply influenced Salvador Dali in his early years and are considered by many scholars to be the basis for ‘modern’ art, bridging classicism and romanticism. Before Dali: Goya: Visions & Inventions, sponsored by Tampa International Airport, features two alternating suites of first-edition prints, published in Goya’s lifetime, alongside three significant paintings representing unique themes of Goya’s works. The works are on loan from the Meadows Museum in Dallas, home of one of the most substantial collections of Goya.

Los Caprichos
The Dalí Museum, 15 June — 15 September 2019

One of Goya’s most famous works, Los Caprichos (1799) is a series of 80 satirical prints exploring his visions of the superstitions and societal ills of his time. Goya sought to illustrate “the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society, and from the common prejudices and deceitful practices which custom, ignorance, or self-interest have made usual.” Witchcraft and other superstitious beliefs were a prevalent subject matter in this series that meant to ridicule and critique the arrogance of the noble class and the corruption of human virtue. Because of their sensitive subjects—including anticlerical scenes—few people saw these works during Goya’s lifetime.

La Tauromaquia
The Dali Museum, 21 September — 1 December 2019

La Tauromaquia (1816) is a suite of prints depicting the evolution and history of bullfighting on the Iberian Peninsula. Goya created La Tauromaquia between 1815 and 1816, at the age of 69. Unlike the targets of Goya’s previous satirical series Los Caprichos, bullfighting was not politically sensitive, and La Tauromaquia was published in an edition of 320—for sale individually or in sets—without incident. The latter series, however, did not meet with critical or commercial success. The artist focuses on the violent scenes that take place in the bullring and the daring movements of the bullfighters. The events are not presented as they are viewed by a viewer in the stands, but in a more direct way.

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