Till death (1799) by Francisco Goya

Till death - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

TitleTill death
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions22 x 15.4 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Till death

The artwork titled “Till death” was created by the renowned artist Francisco Goya in 1799. This etching on paper is part of the artist’s satirical series “Los caprichos” and exemplifies the Romanticism art movement. The piece measures approximately 22 cm in height and 15.4 cm in width. It may be categorized within the genre of caricature and is currently located in a private collection.

In “Till death,” we see a central figure who appears to be an old woman adorned with youthful finery, looking at herself in the mirror. Her illusion of beauty is reflected in her actions, as she evidently attempts to preserve or enhance her looks with what might be a bridal headdress, despite her advanced age. A group of onlookers, some mocking and others indifferent, flank her. These figures add a storytelling element to the scene, highlighting the societal ridicule and the tragicomic aspect of the woman’s vain attempt at recapturing her youth. The scene carries an undertone of social commentary, reflective of the themes commonly found in “Los caprichos.” The title, which translates to “Until death,” adds further gravitas to the artwork, suggesting a critique of the preoccupation with appearance and societal expectations, especially as they pertain to women. The use of strong contrasts of light and shadow intensifies the dramatic effect of the etching, a characteristic technique in Goya’s graphic work.

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