Friday, 21 March 2014

It Just Shows to Goya

Isn't it funny how one thing leads to another, especially in the middle of the night.....I mean, if you can be bothered and don't fall asleep before the iPod runs out of juice. 

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.


I plead ignorance.  I'm really not up on my Mexican history of the period so I went to the library and  before I nodded off I Googled "Maximilian".

"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?


Anyhoo, I'm still not too up to date on the whole Mexican thing because there are way too many dates/characters/political issues for me to grasp while trying to get to sleep, but I may check it out again some time.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I'd sell any painting for big money. People on the Antiques Roadshow who discover they have a painting worth a bazillion dollars give me a pain when they say "we'll keep it in the family - we hate it, but we'll put it back in the closet". The wrong people discover treasure! And you're right, it isn't possible to get tired of 'Bejeweled'. I have to download the others!!