Cartloads to the cemetery (1812 – 1815) by Francisco Goya

Cartloads to the cemetery - Francisco Goya - 1812 - 1815

Artwork Information

TitleCartloads to the cemetery
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1812 - 1815
Dimensions20.5 x 15.5 cm
Art MovementRomanticism

About Cartloads to the cemetery

The artwork titled “Cartloads to the cemetery” is a creation by the renowned artist Francisco Goya, produced between the years 1812 and 1815. It is crafted using the mediums of aquatint and etching on paper. With dimensions measuring 20.5 cm by 15.5 cm, this piece is categorized within the Romanticism movement and is of the caricature genre.

The artwork itself depicts a somber and macabre scene. In it, we see figures engaged in the grim task of transporting bodies to a cemetery, an activity implying the aftermath of tragedy or an epidemic. The dead body is being hoisted onto a cart by the living, a stark contrast that suggests the callousness of death and the struggle of those whom death has left behind. The surrounding environment is rendered with dark, rough strokes, emphasizing the bleak and sorrowful nature of the work.

Goya’s technique with aquatint and etching gives the artwork a textured and richly detailed appearance. Shadows are used effectively to convey depth and despair, while the expressions on the figures’ faces capture an essence of fatigue and resignation, telling a story of human suffering and societal turmoil. This piece, like much of Goya’s work from this period, is thought to reflect the artist’s response to the tumultuous social and political climate of his time, particularly the horrors of war and its consequences.

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