Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya

by Tim McNeese
     
 

Between the opening of the French Revolution in 1789 and the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, Spanish artist Francisco Goya painted what he saw around him-everything from peasants to priests, from majas to monarchs, and from courtesans to country folk. Goya's Spain was a nation struggling to enter the modern world even as it tolerated inept kings, scheming queens,… See more details below

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Between the opening of the French Revolution in 1789 and the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, Spanish artist Francisco Goya painted what he saw around him-everything from peasants to priests, from majas to monarchs, and from courtesans to country folk. Goya's Spain was a nation struggling to enter the modern world even as it tolerated inept kings, scheming queens, and militaristic prime ministers. In time, revolutionary ideas and a spirit of liberalism spread across the Spanish landscape, providing Goya with fresh subjects and a new approach to art that embodied this same spirit: Romanticism. But Goya also had a darker side. It would forever haunt him, and it continues to haunt the world in the artistic legacy that he left behind.

About the Author:
Tim McNeese is associate professor of history at York College in York, Nebraska

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
This book from "The Great Hispanic Heritage" collection focuses on the life of Francisco Goya. This text chronicles the famous painter's life, from his humble beginnings in Fuendetodos to the Spanish court. Focusing on Goya's life, the author includes the violent and turbulent history that surrounded him. It is this rich and textured background of history and art colliding that draws the reader into the life of this legendary painter. Filled with several pictures of Goya's artwork, the text carefully introduces the reader to the different stages of Goya's art and their influences. The text even informs the reader of the long years of hard work and failure that Goya faced as he sought to achieve his dream of becoming a court painter. Despite these strengths I cannot fully recommend this work. It is clear that the work is intended for a preadolescent to adolescent audience, but I felt that it was too repetitive and speculative. Basically, the only reason this text held my interest was because it was focused on so powerful and enigmatic a figure. The work does serve as a good starting point for further study. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791096642
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
The Great Hispanic Heritage Series
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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