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This is by the real father of modern art … Goya, the father of shocks. Goya painted these scenes of cannibalism and witches’ sabbaths and processions of mad people directly on the walls of his house. Matthew Collings, This is Modern Art II: Shock! Horror! Channel 4 1999
David and Goya depict the new startling world of human emotion … Their art is our witness. Matthew Collings, This is Civilisation II, BBC 2007
Goya descends into the subterranean depths [of the soul]. Goya in the 1790s is the moment when the artist doesn’t just paint what he’s told, he also paints his imagination: the unasked for, the uncomfortable, the unwanted. ibid.
Goya has often been described as the last of the great old masters and the first of the new. He painted sublime portraits of the Spanish royal court, and celebratory pictures of the good life in Spain. But he also produced some of the most harrowing images of human cruelty ever created. Great Artists with Tim Marlow s1e19: Goya, Sky Arts 2003
A year after completing The Milkmaid, Goya died in Bordeaux on 16th April 1828. He was 82. ibid.
Goya is a pivotal figure in the history of art. ibid.
The National Gallery in London held a show that was twinkling with five-star reviews: the show, many years in preparation, was called Goya: a portrait. Tim Marlow, Great Art: Goya – Visions of Flesh & Blood, ITV 2019
One of art’s most revolutionary, passionate and popular artists. ibid.
The greatest painter of the European Enlightenment as well as one of its challengers was the great Spaniard Francisco de Goya. Tim Marlow at the Courtauld 2/3
3rd May 1808: this too was the response of an artist seething at cruelty and massacre. In this case the execution in Madrid of the rebels who had risen against Napoleon’s invading army. Simon Schama’s Power of Art: Picasso, BBC 2006-2008
The black paintings seem to me to be an endgame for Goya. Simon Schama, Civilisations 1e7: Radiance, BBC 2018
The series of etchings Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War 1810-14) records the horrors of the Napoleonic invasion. His masterpieces in painting include The Naked Maja and The Clothed Maja (c.1800-05). He also painted charming portraits such as Senora Sabasa Garcia.
For the bold technique of his paintings, the haunting satire of his etchings, and his belief that the artist’s vision is more important than tradition, Goya is often called ‘The first of the moderns’. His uncompromising portrayal of his times marks the beginning of 19th-century realism. The Complete Works online
Goya: He painted an extraordinary expression of his despair: they are known as the black paintings, black in subject matter and black in colour. Andrew Graham-Dixon, The Art of Spain III: The Mystical North, BBC 2008