Francisco Goya, a Spanish artist, was known for his romantic art style that explored the socio-political challenges of his time. He painted lavish and expressive portraits of the Spanish Court, which also contained criticisms of rulers and their circle.
One such painting is The Procession, believed to have been painted around 1816. This painting belongs to a series of Goya’s works that reflect customs liberals objected to but were opposed by the absolutist policy of Ferdinand VII of Spain. The painting depicts a religious procession with religious figures in ornate robes and tall hats. However, instead of focusing on the beauty and solemnity of the procession, Goya reveals its inner workings, revealing men beneath their robes.
Goya uses light to illuminate objects that would otherwise be lost in shadows while strategically placing other areas into obscurity with strong contrasts between light and dark areas – this technique creates an ominous feeling within The Procession.
It’s evident through The Procession’s portrayal that Goya was not just depicting an event; he delved deeper into its essence, revealing the societal constructs lying underneath it all – making him one of modern art’s forefathers due to his expressive style.