Hush (1799) by Francisco Goya

Hush - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions21.9 x 15.9 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Hush

“Hush,” created by Francisco Goya in 1799, is an exquisite example of Romanticism, serving as a caricature within the noted series “Los Caprichos.” This artwork, which utilizes the mediums of aquatint, etching, and paper, measures 21.9 by 15.9 cm. Presently, it resides within a private collection, signifying its revered status and the esteem held for Goya as an artist.

The artwork depicts a scene fraught with emotion and ambiguity typical of Goya’s style. It features two figures, one seemingly consoling or interacting with the other, who appears distressed or possibly unwell. The standing figure gently covers the face of the seated figure, who is supported by a cane, suggesting an intimate moment of compassion or secrecy. The use of light and shadow is stark, contrasting the dark tones of the clothing and background with the lighter areas of the figures’ garments and the surrounding environment. There is a remarkable sense of narrative and atmosphere conveyed through Goya’s masterful use of aquatint and etching, highlighting the gravitas and expressive quality that characterizes much of his work. The distinct line work and the rich textural details serve to draw the viewer into the layered complexity of the image, encouraging speculation about the story behind these characters.

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