Who Can Think of It? (1814 – 1823) by Francisco Goya

Who Can Think of It? - Francisco Goya - 1814 - 1823

Artwork Information

TitleWho Can Think of It?
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1814 - 1823
Dimensions20.5 x 14.2 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
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About Who Can Think of It?

The artwork titled “Who Can Think of It?” was created by the renowned artist Francisco Goya between 1814 and 1823. This piece is executed using wash, ink, and paper, measuring 20.5 by 14.2 cm. Reflecting the Romanticism art movement, it falls under the genre of caricature and is held in the collection of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts a hunched-over figure seemingly in a state of despair or exhaustion. The figure is drawn with bold, expressive lines that encapsulate the emotional intensity characteristic of the Romantic era. It is a monochromatic piece, relying on the stark contrast and fluidity of ink to convey its message. Despite its caricature genre, the drawing elicits a sense of empathy and contemplation, inviting the viewer to ponder on the subject’s circumstance and the broader human condition it may symbolize. Handwritten text appears below the figure, which could provide additional context or an artist commentary, contributing to the narrative quality of the work. The composition’s simplicity, contrasted with its evocative power, is demonstrative of Goya’s mastery in handling such mediums to reflect complex human emotions and societal critiques.

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