Absurdity of Carnival (1816 – 1823) by Francisco Goya

Absurdity of Carnival - Francisco Goya - 1816 - 1823

Artwork Information

TitleAbsurdity of Carnival
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1816 - 1823
Art MovementRomanticism

About Absurdity of Carnival

The artwork titled “Absurdity of Carnival” is a captivating etching on paper created by the esteemed artist Francisco Goya between the years 1816 and 1823. Exemplifying the Romanticism art movement, this piece belongs to a series known as “Disparate” and is categorized within the caricature genre. Goya used his mastery of the etching medium to deliver a poignant commentary through this work.

The artwork features a chaotic ensemble of figures, rendered with vigorous lines that evoke a sense of motion and disarray. The central characters appear to be engaged in a moment of raucous festivity, typical of a carnival setting. Their expressions and postures, exaggerated and animated, suggest a tone of mockery or satire. One figure stands out with an absurdly long, pointed hat, whereas another is draped in a loose, flowing garment. The overall composition appears lively and dynamic, conveying the folly and excess associated with carnival celebrations. Goya’s use of etching allows for stark contrasts and rich textures, underscoring the absurd and grotesque qualities that characterizes this genre.

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