The Shootings of May 3rd by Francisco de Goya (1746-1828). Review by the artist Polly Jackson. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends!
Can you imagine the fright of a firing squad shooting and killing your good friends and neighbors as you waited courageously among them for a bullet to rip through your own heart? When I saw this painting for the first time, it haunted me.
Goya’s contrast in colors and dramatic composition illustrated the terrible moment of the shootings and all the immediate emotions associated with it. It exposed a truth for the future to witness. Goya pulled the viewer to the horror with the light centered on those about to die. The white of the man’s shirt hadn’t yet been colored with blood. It suggested the innocence of those being killed; Napolean’s goons murdering Spaniards.
With this particular painting I was introduced to an artist telling a story through 2-dimensional depiction; artist as activist and historical archivist. What a concept!
About Francisco de Goya:
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes was a Spanish Baroque/Romantic artist regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. Main works: Tapestry Cartoons, Portrait of Charles IV of Spain and his Family, Nude Maja, Milkmaid of Bordeaux, Disasters of War and Black Paintings.
About Polly Jackson:
Polly Jackson (Ima Wizer). Professional fine artist with over thirty years of painting.
Originally from West Texas. Lived in Santa Fe, NM from 1974-1999. Now reside in Austin, TX 2000-2009. Studio Art degree from The University Of New Mexico. Presently art instructor for Gardner Betts Juvenile Facility in Austin, TX. http://www.pollyjackson.com/
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is Everywhere!
Now, a video about The Style of Francisco de Goya. Enjoy it!
“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” By Francisco de Goya.