L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Friday, March 16, 2018

Spanish generals - four portraits by Goya

Antonio Ricardos Carrillo de Albornoz (1727-1794), circa 1793.
Manuel Godoy y Álvarez de Faria, príncipe de la Paz, etc. (1767-1851), 1801.
José Ramón de Urrutia y de las Casas (1739-1803), 1798.
José Revolledo de Palafox y Melci, duque de Zaragoza (1776-1847), 1814.


  1. I can see how Goya is so amazing, but something about his work I never like. I can appreciate it but it's not for me -weird huh? These are pretty interesting though -amazing how he does so much with so little -so few colors and yet such depth and expression.

    1. He's decidedly an oddball. His portraits are alternately hideous or completely without character, his figures often look liked stuffed dummies. Compositions are awkward, proportions are off and/or completely graceless; the horse in the last portrait above...? Honestly, sometimes I'm surprised that I like his work at all. But I find much of it intriguing. Part of it is, I guess, his absolute audacity and originality. Also, I love his sense of color. But I think most of it is - as a "fellow painter" - my admiration for his application of paint, the way the paint is - washed - on, in thin-ish layers, and the way the light plays through the different layers; in some of his most beautiful work - like the Naked Maja - the surface just shimmers!