Recently I got to thinking about all the artists I know but only in the "Art History 101" sort of way. Take for instance Goya. I know his paintings, particularly "The Third of May 1808", but Manet did a similar subject and really, I thought it was superior to the Goya. (I know, Goya fans will be ticked). Anyway, I sort of dismissed Goya for a while.
"The sentence was carried out in the Cerro de las Campanas on the morning of 19 June 1867, when Maximilian, along with Generals Miramón and Mejía, were executed by a firing squad".
All this to say that I thought both paintings depicted the same event which they don't. (I really should have taken a better look). Goya's depicts the execution of, well, people we don't know. Manet's depicts Maximilian himself (not that I know him - I'm just saying).
Well so. See how confusing this can be? I mean, they're wearing the same shirts! And grasping this, especially in the middle of the night is tough!
Then, Picasso had to get in on the act. His "Massacre in Korea", according to the art experts, was influenced by Goya's "The Third of May 1808". How come they don't think the influence was Manet?
I wouldn't hang any of these works on the wall. OK, I probably would - but only because they're by famous artists. Execution images really don't fit in with our decor. Anyway, if you happen to be up in the middle of the night and are tired of Bejeweled, maybe you'd give me the abridged version of this whole thing. I'm too tired to think about it and am moving on to something easier. Maybe the Paris Commune. It's more familiar territory.