It is Time (1799) by Francisco Goya

It is Time - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

TitleIt is Time
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions21.9 x 21.9 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About It is Time

The artwork “It is Time” was created by the renowned artist Francisco Goya in 1799. Implemented with the methods of drypoint and etching on paper, this piece measures 21.9 by 21.9 centimeters and falls within the Romanticism movement. Although the artwork is a caricature, a genre often infused with humor and satire, Goya’s works frequently embed a deeper, sometimes bleak, commentary on society and human nature. This piece is held in a private collection and is not on public display.

The artwork showcases Goya’s signature use of strong lines and dynamic composition to convey a powerful scene imbued with emotion and movement. Central figures appear to be caught in an intense moment, with expressions and gestures eliciting a sense of urgency or despair. The phrase “Ya es hora” (It is time) accentuates the dramatic impact of the work, suggesting a pivotal moment of action or revelation. The use of chiaroscuro is evident as well, with the interplay of light and shadow adding depth and a sense of three-dimensionality to the figures. Goya’s deft handling of the etching medium allows for nuanced textures and details, which intensify the expressiveness of the characters and the overall gravitas of the composition.

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