Sunday, November 22

Francisco Goya - 'The dream/sleep of reason produces monsters"

 This is "The Dream of the reason produces monsters", 1797, one of the eighty etchings entitled "Los Caprichos", published in 1799. It is always so hard to know which was the original intention of some artist's work and numerous theories are used to explain not only the intention but also the meaning and many other aspects. As you heard at the 1.28 minutes video* "sueño" means "dreams" and "sleep" in Spanish but I'm sure he meant "dream". This is one of his quotes:
Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.”
Artists think so much about their works that sometimes it is hard to think of them as being part of the society and I am telling this because I know painters and writers. I am not denying that they do and some of them do political statements intentionally.

There are many ways to approach an artist. Some takes the biography as the measurement; others the historical period; others the economical aspect of their own thinking; the philosophical approach; the aesthetic and it goes and goes... Even a medical approach is done in Goya's case because he had a disease when he was forty-five years-old that left him deaf. Like Van Gogh he also became a kind of medical puzzle because the symptoms he suffered can be related to a huge array of diseases.

Anyway.... I like to read the most important works by scholars or art lovers and just keep in mind a vague memory of them. Reading different authors approaching a work helps me keeping the excitement I had when I first saw the work and I can also appreciate the other phases of the artist the has nothing to do with only one approach. Goya also painted amazing women and delightful scenes. I like both equally. I love being a dilettante. Dilettante, synonymous amateur, is a word of Latin origin "dilectare"... delight. “Fools are not Foolish.” Francisco Goya "Painting is such a joy for me." Vincent Van Gogh *You can find one video explaining the whole series and some other prints here. Update: This post I promised yesterday when I talked about Piranesi.


Sandee said...

I don't have a creative bone in my body, and I so appreciate those that do. this post is no exception.

Have a terrific day Ana. :)

Ana said...

Thank you Sandee!

Cathy said...

O this was a balm for the soul, thank you sweet Ana! Did you know, Picasso used to burn he paintings he thought didn't come out right - but he SIGNED them first. What does that tell you about artists of any kind, eh? Just a thought. Thanks for recent comment.

Ana said...

There are so many stories about Picasso's strange behavior that I don't take them very seriously.
I don't mix biography with the art.
I would have to hate Picasso because he is known to treat women terribly and even used to beat them
I don't know if this stories are real, a way to promote himself, hear-saying from people around Picasso...
I have already heard some stories and checked with the artist.
This story is interesting because you said that he signed. I don't know what was his reasons.
It's so Picasso's contradictory and showoff way of being!
I like that!