Francisco Bayeu (1795) by Francisco Goya

Francisco Bayeu - Francisco Goya - 1795

Artwork Information

TitleFrancisco Bayeu
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions113 x 84 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Francisco Bayeu

The artwork titled “Francisco Bayeu” is a distinguished piece by the illustrious artist Francisco Goya, completed in the year 1795. Crafted with the medium of oil on canvas, it is a representative work of the Romanticism art movement. With dimensions measuring 113 by 84 centimeters, this portrait genre painting currently resides within the esteemed Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts Francisco Bayeu, who was an acclaimed Spanish painter of the time and likely an acquaintance of Goya, as Goya’s brother-in-law was also named Francisco Bayeu. Positioned against a subdued background, Bayeu is seated in an ornate chair, suggesting a status of importance or respectability. The subject is dressed in clothes of the period, wearing a crisp white shirt with a silken-type waistcoat, and holding what appears to be a cane in his right hand, a common accessory that can denote sophistication or authority.

Bayeu’s expression bears a serious and contemplative demeanor, with his gaze directed slightly away from the viewer, inviting contemplation about his thoughts or character. The artist has meticulously rendered the textures and folds of the clothing, as well as the facial features, capturing a realistic likeness and a portrayal that conveys a sense of individual personality. The use of light and shadow in this portrait further accentuates the form and creates depth, demonstrating Goya’s skillful use of the oil medium. Overall, the portrait is a testament to the personal, expressive potential of portraiture during the Romantic period, as well as Goya’s adeptness in capturing human character and emotion through his art.

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