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Goya: The Visionary Painter of Human Nature: A Grotesque Satirical Existentialism

By Béa Aaronson

Goya the visionary, also known as the virtuoso of violence, was an artist obsessed with the chaos of existence, with the desperate spiritual quest of the West. On February 20, the JC3 presents a lecture to gives an overview of the work of this seminal Spanish painter who influenced so many artists after him.

Goya: The Visionary Painter of Human Nature: A Grotesque Satirical Existentialism
Béa Aaronson
Tue, Feb 20, 3:30pm
JC3 Calle de las Moras 47 (corner of Cinco de Mayo)
130 pesos for members
150 pesos per person
Reservations: 152 0236
Please arrive at least 15 minutes ahead

As a romantic soul, Goya was attracted to the dark side. He wove a macabre thread throughout his work. His frightening visions only reflect what we know is true but do not dare face. His chiaroscuro is a metaphor of a human inner fight between reason and the irrational. The violent contrast of his light and dark visual dramas enhances his perception of a doomed human condition as a grotesque form of existentialism.

From the psychological truth to the caricatural and satirical ridicule of his portraits, from the enticing beauty of his nudes and seemingly peaceful landscapes to the exacerbated violence of his depictions of war, Goya has played all the variations of the human scale, thrusting a dissonant chord within the arts, heralding German expressionism and the macabre bitter taste of the 20th century.

His powerful and yet vulnerable self-portraits, filled with doubt and interrogation, the nightmarish and phantasmagorical power of his flights of fancy freed art from its servile realism and superficial pleasure-giving duty. He freed colors from their merely descriptive role, and brushstrokes from their slick invisibility. He freed composition and subject matter from their incarcerating canonized rules, and it is this liberation that paved the way to modern artistic developments such as impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism, and surrealism.

The JC3 invites you to find out more about Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, the man of Aragon, the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Moderns, the painter who painted with a knife in his heart, dared to venture and to probe the human wound. By doing so, he opened the way to modern art.


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