Fire at Night (1793 – 1794) by Francisco Goya

Fire at Night - Francisco Goya - 1793 - 1794

Artwork Information

TitleFire at Night
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1793 - 1794
Dimensions50 x 32 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Fire at Night

The artwork titled “Fire at Night,” created by the acclaimed Spanish artist Francisco Goya between 1793 and 1794, is an oil painting on tin that exemplifies the Romanticism art movement. It measures 50 x 32 cm, and is classified as a genre painting. Presently, this evocative piece is held within a private collection.

“Fire at Night” is a dramatic and intense depiction of the chaos and fear engendered by a nocturnal blaze. The central focus of the artwork is the fierce and overwhelming fire itself, which illuminates the scene with a powerful, almost explosive, light. This brilliance stands in stark contrast to the surrounding darkness, emphasizing the danger and urgency of the moment. The use of chiaroscuro, a technique characteristic of Romanticism, accentuates the emotional impact and adds a vivid sense of realism to the scene.

Around the fire, we observe a group of individuals in various states of distress and movement. Their faces, caught in the glow of the flames, express terror and desperation. Goya’s masterful brushstrokes and the use of light convey a dynamic and hectic atmosphere, as the figures appear to be either fleeing from the threat or helplessly caught in the event. The composition of the work draws the viewer’s gaze directly to the intensity of the fire and the human expressions, making it a compelling portrayal of human vulnerability in the face of disaster. The painting overall is a testament to Goya’s ability to capture the psychological depth and dramatic tension that are hallmark features of the Romantic era.

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