Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Etched in Goya

Goya a Spanish painter born in 1746, who did a lot of Royal Paintings and was supported by the Royal Court.

"In 1799, Goya produced a series of 80 etchings called Los Caprichos. They were collectively an uninhibited allegorical condemnation of the foibles of eighteenth-century Spanish society. His prints criticized the ruling elite, superstition, deceit and the erosion of rational thought. In his The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (1799), perhaps the frontispiece (an illustration preceding the title page of a book) for his set of ribald satires, the disillusioned Goya depicted himself asleep amongst his drawing implements, surrounded by nightmarish creatures that represent the evils and corruption he associated with Spain."

Saturn Eating Son

Woman looks frightened by what the monk is telling her.

Goyas' work seems frightening here in these pictures.
I don't think they are something I would want hanging on my wall except during Halloween
when the aim is to scare people. lol
But one can clearly see where his mind must have been when he was paintings these.
They were not on flowers and sunshine.
He became deaf from an illness no one understood but now it is believed it was from the pigments in his paints which contained lead and after that he became a very dark type of painter.

A wife asked her husband: 'What do you like most in me, my pretty
face or my sexy body?'
He looked at her from head to toe and replied: '
I like your sense of humour!'


The pumpkin even burped. lol


Nezzy said...

Thanks for the art history lesson here sweetie.

I just wanted to thank ya for visitin' with your sweet comment over at my place.

Please drop in often...the door of the Ponderosa is always open!!!

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Nezzie Your blog is great!
I thought I'd mention Goya since I hardly ever hear of him around and he fits into the Halloween theme lol
I keep calling him Gzoya, dumplings which I love to eat at the Japanese restaurants lol Funny how the name also seems to fit into eating. lol
Sometimes the very act of eating is sheer horror. lol

SandyCarlson said...

Amazing talent!

A Lady's Life said...

sandy - yes too bad about the man. he had everything going for him.

Gattina said...

He must have been of a dark depressive nature ! mad I would say. Van Gogh was it too because of the pigpments (he used to mix the colors in his mouth) But at least van Gogh's paintings you can hang on the wall without chasing your visitors away in horror, lol !

Zuzana said...

I too find Goyas paintings very dark and menacing. Have you ever seen the movie Goays Ghosts? It is very sad but good.
Loved that Halloween clip.;)
Have a great weekend,

Diane said...

You're right. Goya fits in with the season perfectly! We always put up a huge statue that my daughter made to scare people. Than, because we are too lazy to cart it back, we decorate it for Christmas. Okay, yes. We're weird. Thank you for sharing . . . and for the clip. Loved it!

A Lady's Life said...

gattina - amazing about van gogh
I never knew he mixed paints in his mouth.:o

A Lady's Life said...

zuzana no I have never seen the movie. Now you sent me on another quest lol

A Lady's Life said...

diane - no I think thats great if you can keep something up all year like christmas lights.
Some people complain but why not keep them lit at night? It makes the outside look festive and warm.