Love and Death (1799) by Francisco Goya

Love and Death - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

TitleLove and Death
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions21.5 x 15.5 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Love and Death

“Love and Death” is an etching on paper created by the venerable artist Francisco Goya in 1799. The artwork exemplifies the Romanticism art movement and falls within the caricature genre. It is a part of the series “Los caprichos” and measures 21.5 x 15.5 cm. Currently, it resides in a private collection.

The artwork captures a poignant scene filled with emotional depth and dramatic intensity. It depicts two figures in a dire circumstance, seemingly locked in a close embrace. The tonal gradations and the use of light and shadow create a sense of immediacy and urgency, which is characteristic of Goya’s style during this period. The setting appears to be dimly lit, focusing the viewer’s attention on the central figures and the gravity of the moment they share. The text “El Amor y la muerte” inscribed below signifies the intertwining themes of love and death, hinting at a tragic narrative that underpins the visual representation. Goya’s masterful strokes and nuanced etching technique breathe life into this solemn depiction, inviting reflection on the broader human condition and the eternal struggle between passion and mortality.

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