Goya: Truth and Fantasy: The Small Paintings

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9780300058642: Goya: Truth and Fantasy: The Small Paintings

This catalogue of a major exhibition of small-scale paintings by Goya surveys his work throughout his career. It includes sketches for tapestry cartoons, for his major altarpieces, his small portraits and the series of small paintings of the 1790s.

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Produced in conjunction with an exhibition traveling to Madrid, London, and Chicago, this richly illustrated catalog focuses on the works created by one of the most influential Spanish artists. Arranged chronologically, chapters feature essays on the life and career of Goya, interwoven with an informative text highlighting both the circumstances of the creation of his works, which range from sketches, tapestry cartoons, and cabinet paintings to portraits and miniatures, and insight into his allegorical, genre, tragicomic, and religious-themed paintings in relation to the constant evolution of his ever-changing styles and techniques. Among the myriad illustrations are reproductions from his "Italian Notebook" of 1771, featuring sketches and thoughts for many of his works. The book concludes with a catalog of works from the exhibition that features the required title and dates, technique, references, provenance, documents, exhibitions, bibliography, and a brief physical description of each work. Recommended for collections focusing on the decorative arts.
Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

The catalogue of a traveling international exhibition that opens at the Art Institute of Chicago in July, this stunning volume celebrates Goya's art in all its unruly diversity. The Spanish realist's smaller pictures tend to be more intimate and spontaneous than his larger canvases, yet just as powerful and incisive. In acid satires, political allegories, phantasmagorias of witches and monsters, and scenes of superstition and fanaticism, we see Goya widening the scope of art to reveal the conditions in which unfreedom is created. Also here are penetrating portraits, devotional scenes and images of prisons, asylums, torture, rape, war and assassination. Oxford fine arts professor Wilson-Bareau and other scholars provide highly readable essays to accompany the 250 plates.

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