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Los disparates by Francisco de Goya | © Public Domain/WikiCommons
Los disparates by Francisco de Goya | © Public Domain/WikiCommons

Francisco De Goya On War, Bullfighting, And Mad Reason

Picture of Barbi Barbee
Updated: 7 December 2016
The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin is currently exhibiting 150 prints and paintings by Spanish romantic painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) as part of the Goya: Mad Reason exhibition. Goya is credited as being one of the world’s first modern artists, painting the way for Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali decades later. Goya lived in a turbulent political landscape, and many of his works chronicle the unrest with themes critical of war, humanity, and ignorance.

Many of the pieces featured in the collection are on loan from Yale University’s Arthur Ross Collection. Other prints and paintings from the collection come from the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Meadows Museum in Dallas. The works on exhibition span the years of 1795 to 1824 and reflect Goya’s views of war and violence, bullfighting, and the faults of human reason.

Goya: Mad Reason features the La tauromaquia series, recounting the history, rituals, and evolution of Spanish bullfighting and its position as the national pastime. Other notable works include Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero, featuring one of the period’s greatest bullfighters, the Los desastres de la guerra print series that spanned five years, and the Los disparates series which was published after Goya’s death.

During the length of the exhibition, the Blanton will host several events and lectures centered around Goya’s collection. The schedule includes a premiere of Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds’ new Improvisations on Goya, a screening of Goya in Bordeaux, and curator-lead discussions of the exhibits themes.

You can view Goya: Mad Reason at The Blanton Museum of Art starting June 19, 2016 through September 25, 2016.

The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 471 5482