Until 10th January 2016
The National Gallery is exhibiting, from 7th October 2015 – 10th January 2016, the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes’ famous portraits.
The National Gallery has devoted the very first major exhibition to Goya’s portraits. The Spanish artist is especially famous for the psychological element he captures in his subjects. The National Gallery pays tribute to Francisco de Goya’s skill with this landmark retrospective, giving the visitor the chance to study closely both public and private aspects of his life. The exhibition Goya : The Portraits traces the painter’s career from his arrival at the Madrid court to his success as official portaitist to the Spanish aristocracy. His artistic oeuvre included 150 portraits of which the public can view half here. A talented painter, Francisco de Goya broke many of portraiture’s established codes.
Innovative and nonconformist, he was a revolutionary portraitist capable of plumbing the souls of his sitters and revealing their character and psychology in his portraits. The innovation in his painting and his subversive brush strokes were subsequently to inspire generations of great artists including Manet, Picasso and Bacon. Francisco de Goya‘s portraits included those of the royal family, embodying various aspects of his subjects’ personalities in a look or a subtle gesture, not always to their advantage, such as the portraits of Charles III in his hunting clothes and Ferdinand VII.
Alongside the more formal royal portraits, the National Gallery exhibition also affords a fresh look at Goya’s artistic approach demonstrating his unsparing honesty in his self-portraits and those of his own family: his wife Josefa Bayeu and his son Javier Goya or his childhood friend Martin Zapater. The icing on the cake is the inclusion of the Spanish painter’s finest portrait in the exhibition Goya: The Portraits. This is the canvass of his only grandson Mariano Goya of whom he was so fond. Painted only a few months before he died, this portrait demonstrates once and for all the immense talent and incontestable creativity of an artist courageous in his art to the very end.
For further details on the exhibition
Place : National Gallery
Address : Trafalgar Square, London WC2R 5DN
District : Covent Garden
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