Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

Francisco Goya is remarkable for his complexity; he bridged, before its time, the depths of subjectivity with the contemporary ideas of the Enlightenment. While his engravings are notoriously dark and ghoulish, this exhibition suggests that Goya may have not intended his engravings to be so somber, as they were posthumously rendered by various printers. This is a case for a constructively critical tone in his works, rather than one of despair over the inequities of Spanish society in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

The 280 works on display, including 210 master prints, explore the depths of human comportment in a highly animated and sophisticated manner. The exhibition traces the course of his career from his first prints to his master prints such as "Toros" (1825). Furthermore, those artists who influenced Goya, such as Rembrandt and Velázquez, are present, along with those Goya influenced, such as Delacroix, Manet and Redon. This is an exhibition ripe with political and social significance – and sheer beauty.

March 13 through June 8, 2008
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
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