Time of the Old Women (1820) by Francisco Goya

Time of the Old Women - Francisco Goya - 1820

Artwork Information

TitleTime of the Old Women
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions181 x 125 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPalais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille, France

About Time of the Old Women

The artwork titled “Time of the Old Women” was created by the celebrated artist Francisco Goya in 1820. It is an oil painting on canvas that embodies the principles of Romanticism. The dimensions of the artwork measure 181 by 125 centimeters. As a genre painting, it is a visual depiction of everyday life. This poignant piece is currently housed at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, located in Lille, France.

The artwork presents a deeply satirical view on the passage of time, especially regarding vanity and the fear of aging. In the fore, there are two elderly women adorned with clothing that would be more fitting for youthful figures at a social gathering. Their attire stands in stark contrast to their aged appearances, with one woman looking withered and shocked as she gazes outward. Alongside her, the other figure’s face is contorted into a grotesque expression while she clutches what appears to be a hand fan, its presence signifying an attempt to uphold an image of youth and flirtation. Behind them, looming ominously is another figure with a broom raised as though she is ready to sweep away the remnants of the past. Goya’s work explores themes of illusion versus reality, the inescapable nature of aging, and the absurdity that comes with the denial of time’s effects. The composition and use of color amplify the tragicomic aspect of the scene, resonating with the Romantic movement’s fascination with emotional depth and the human condition.

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