The shy man (1799) by Francisco Goya

The shy man - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

TitleThe shy man
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions21.5 x 15.5 cm
Art MovementRomanticism

About The shy man

“The Shy Man” is a notable work by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya, dating back to 1799. This piece is created through the media of aquatint and etching on paper, reflecting the creative techniques of the time. With dimensions of 21.5 x 15.5 cm, the artwork forms part of the “Los Caprichos” series and is categorized within the Romanticism movement, specifically as a caricature, which often aims to offer social commentary through exaggerated representation.

The artwork portrays a central figure that appears seated and wrapped in a cloak, the person’s facial expression suggests a sense of discomfort or shyness, isolating him from those around him. Additional figures can be seen in the background, contributing to the atmosphere and potentially the narrative implied by Goya. The use of light and shadow is a striking aspect of the composition, with the dramatic contrasts typical for the Romanticism style. Dark tones and intricate textures bring an emotional depth to the scene, while the etched lines define the subtle yet expressive features of the characters. The caption “El Vergonzoso” further contributes to the theme, often translated as “The Shy One” or “The Bashful,” offering insight into the psychological landscape Goya explores within this piece.

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