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.