Tue, 10 Aug|
Tresillian Arts Centre
The Distant Origins of Modernist Art: Reason, Madness and Reversal in Goya's Painting and Etchings
This lecture explores the public turmoil and private illness that prompted Goya to embody a new kind of art whose strangeness energized spectators through the eeriness of the artist’s imagination and his astounding skill at handling what was then the new media of engraving and lithography.
Time & Location
10 Aug 2021, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tresillian Arts Centre, 21 Tyrell St, Nedlands WA 6009, Australia
About the Event
This lecture explores the public turmoil and private illness that prompted Goya to embody a new kind of art whose strangeness energized spectators through the eeriness of the artist’s imagination and his astounding skill at handing what was then the new media of engraving and lithography. Since etching entails a literal reversal not only of the design but also of black and white tones, Goya rejoiced in depictions of figures flipping, spinning, and dropping. These effects also reflect the values of the traditional European pageant of the Carnivalesque which, after the French Revolution, was no longer an annual safety valve for revolutionary ferment, but a state of perpetual reversal of the status quo. Hence Goya’s Romantic vision of the artist out of control, the victim of inner and outer compulsions, but also the facilitator of the viewers’ imagination rather than the slave of his patrons’ power. Hence the courage of his vision and his importance as a catalyst of modern art.
Richard Read is Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, Perth. He is widely published and presents art lectures in an engaging and informative way for all audiences.
Hosted by Tresillian Arts Centre.
Image Credit: National Gallery of Victoria, Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum, catalogue cover
This ticket includes lecture, open discussion and light refreshments.