Because she was susceptible (1799) by Francisco Goya

Because she was susceptible - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

TitleBecause she was susceptible
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions21.9 x 15.2 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Because she was susceptible

The artwork titled “Because she was susceptible,” created by the distinguished Spanish artist Francisco Goya in 1799, belongs to the Romanticism movement and falls under the genre of caricature. It was executed utilizing the medium of aquatint on paper and is quite modest in size, with dimensions measuring only 21.9 by 15.2 centimeters. As part of Goya’s renowned “Los caprichos” series, this piece is held within a private collection and remains one of the numerous works that reflect the critical and moralistic tone characteristic of the series.

The artwork in question depicts a solitary female figure seated on the ground, her posture suggesting dejection or contemplation. The use of aquatint provides a rich tonal quality to the work, with dark and light contrasts emphasizing the play of shadow and light within the confined space. The female subject’s garments are depicted with fluid lines and forms, conveying texture and movement, while her expression, though not fully distinguishable, appears somber. Her surroundings are sparse, with only a window providing a source of natural light that further highlights her figure against the darker background. The caption “Por que fue sensible” written below adds an intriguing narrative component, suggesting an emotional or socially critical dimension which invites reflection about her situation or condition. This piece, like others in the “Los caprichos” series, is considered an allegorical commentary on the society of Goya’s time.

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