Sad forebodings of what is to come (1810) by Francisco Goya

Sad forebodings of what is to come - Francisco Goya - 1810

Artwork Information

TitleSad forebodings of what is to come
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions17.8 x 22 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Sad forebodings of what is to come

The artwork titled “Sad forebodings of what is to come” was created by the renowned artist Francisco Goya in 1810. This piece is executed using the mediums of drypoint and etching on paper and belongs to the Romanticism movement. It is a caricature, a genre Goya often explored, measuring 17.8 x 22 cm in dimensions. This work is part of “The Disasters of War” series and, as of the knowledge cutoff date, is held in a private collection.

The composition of the artwork depicts a singular, distraught figure that appears to be enveloped by darkness, which may be suggestive of turmoil or despair. The figure’s gaze is intense, and its open mouth suggests a cry or a shout, amplifying the sensation of dread permeating the piece. The expressive use of line and shadow in this etching accentuates the emotional gravity and serves as a testament to Goya’s ability to convey profound psychological states through his work. The title itself, “Sad forebodings of what is to come,” implies a sense of ominous anticipation and underscores the grim atmosphere that Goya sought to capture.

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