A circus queen timely Absurdity (1816 – 1823) by Francisco Goya

A circus queen timely Absurdity - Francisco Goya - 1816 - 1823

Artwork Information

TitleA circus queen timely Absurdity
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1816 - 1823
Art MovementRomanticism

About A circus queen timely Absurdity

The artwork entitled “A circus queen timely Absurdity” is a creation by Francisco Goya, crafted between the years 1816 and 1823. This piece is realized through the medium of etching on paper and is placed within the Romanticism movement. Characterized as caricature, it forms part of Goya’s “Disparate” series, which showcases a variety of whimsical and often dark societal commentaries.

Regarding the artwork itself, it depicts a woman riding a horse that is performing on a tightrope. The scene is shrouded in darkness, save for the brightly illuminated central figures, creating a strong contrast that draws the viewer’s eye directly to the action. Due to the style and the medium, the artwork conveys a sense of drama and dynamism, which is typical of the Romantic period’s emphasis on emotion and individualism. Moreover, the caricature genre suggests an underlying satirical message, possibly critiquing aspects of society, entertainment, or the human condition itself. The etching technique is evident in the fine details and the expressive line work that constructs the image, further reflecting Goya’s skill in using this medium to communicate complex themes. The theatricality of the subject matter, along with the stark chiaroscuro, imbues the piece with a surrealist atmosphere, capturing the viewer’s attention and prompting further contemplation of its deeper meanings.

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