Goya drawings
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “Martincho’s Recklessness in the Ring at Zaragoza Bullfighting 18,” 1815–16, etching and aquatint with burnishing, first edition; Gift of Miss Ellen T. Bullard. 25.1173. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes is among the best-known figures in the history of Spanish art. “Goya in Black and White” will explore the evolution of the artist’s graphic work in all media, showcasing more than 75 of his paramount works on paper from the unparalleled collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The importance of black and white will be shown throughout the exhibition — not only literally, in black ink on white paper, but also figuratively, as in the oppositions of night and day, the balance between menacing shadow and hopeful light, that pervade the artist’s imagination. In the Kimbell’s exhibition, Goya’s principal series and best-known compositions, including the Caprichos series, “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters,” “Disasters of War,” “Disparates,” and “Tauromaquia,” will be represented in detail, some works in multiple impressions, to show the creative evolution of the artistic process of a genius.

Goya drawings
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “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 drawings
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “She Prays for Her,” Caprichos 31, 1797–99, etching and aquatint with burnishing, burin and drypoint, first edition; Eleanor A. Sayre Fund. 2015.9. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“Goya in Black and White” is on view at the Kimbell (Fort Worth, Texas) October 7 through January 6, 2019. For more information, please visit www.kimbellart.org.


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