Wednesday Series: Art in Context

Goya’s Print Series: Commercial Failures, Enduring Legacy
Scott Winterrowd, director of education, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 -
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

A prolific painter and celebrated portraitist, Francisco de Goya is perhaps best known today from his iconic graphic images. His most important series, the Caprichos, published in 1899, and The Disasters of War, completed around 1815, are some of the most referenced works in modern art, but in Goya's own time they failed to find a receptive audience or, in the case of The Disasters, were never published. This program will trace Goya's graphic inventions from his earliest etchings in the 1770s documenting the works of Velázquez in the Spanish Royal collections to his last prints made in the 1820s. It will examine his use of new print processes and consider the reception of his work both during and after his lifetime.     

Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited. Piano Auditorium 

Image caption: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, El sueño de la razon produce monstruos (The sleep [or "dream"] of reason produces monsters)Caprichos 43, 1797–98, Etching and aquatint with burnishing, faint drypoint to indicate letters; working proof, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Burton S. Stern, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard S. Shapiro, and the M. and M. Karolik Fund.  1973.716. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Goya's "The Sleep of Reason produces Monsters"