You will not escape (1799) by Francisco Goya

You will not escape - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

TitleYou will not escape
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1799
Mediumetching,paper
Dimensions21.7 x 15.2 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About You will not escape

The artwork titled “You will not escape” is an etching on paper by the renowned artist Francisco Goya, created in the year 1799. It is part of the “Los Caprichos” series and exemplifies the Romanticism art movement. Measuring 21.7 by 15.2 cm, this piece falls under the genre of caricature and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork portrays a vivid and unsettling scene that features figures with menacing, bat-like wings seeming to close in on a central figure. This central figure appears to be a woman dancing or perhaps recoiling, her face marked by an expression of alarm or dread. The etching exhibits fine lines and a dramatic play of light and dark, which adds a sense of depth and movement. The sinister creatures sweep toward the woman from both sides, one with its mouth agape as if to shout or scold, suggesting an imminent sense of entrapment or doom. Goya’s work often reflected social and political commentary, satirizing the follies of human nature, and this etching likely carries an allegorical message, consistent with the Romantic penchant for expressing emotion, individuality, and the darker aspects of the human experience.

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