Twerp (1816 – 1823) by Francisco Goya

Twerp - Francisco Goya - 1816 - 1823

Artwork Information

ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1816 - 1823
Art MovementRomanticism

About Twerp

The artwork titled “Twerp” is a creation of the esteemed Spanish artist Francisco Goya, crafted in the period between 1816 and 1823. This etching on paper is categorized within the Romanticism movement and serves as a caricature within the “Disparate” series. The term ‘disparate’ in Spanish conveys absurdity or folly, and Goya’s series is marked by its exploration of these themes through a variety of fantastical and often nightmarish visions.

The artwork depicts a person seemingly in movement, who is dynamically positioned in the foreground, dominating the composition with their gestures and expressions. Around this central figure, there are other faces, possibly representing other individuals or personalities, but these are less distinct, melded into the background or partially obscured. The central character appears in a state of animated expression, perhaps a portrayal of frenzy or mockery. The style is dark and dramatic, reflective of the Romantic era’s fascination with emotional intensity and the darker aspects of human experience. The strokes are heavy and the tones range from stark white highlights to deep black shadows, creating a stark and potentially unsettling visual effect. This work is likely a social commentary or a satirical representation of folly and irrationality, in line with Goya’s critical eye and the broader themes associated with the “Disparate” series.

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