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What are two artistic interests of Goya that distinguished him from other artists of his time?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)

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One artistic interest that distinguished Goya from other artists of his time period is that he was straddling two diametrically opposed intellectual contexts.  Goya was ushering out Neoclassicism and ushering in Romanticism.  Seeing that both movements were opposed to one another in nearly every aspect, Goya's genius was to serve as a transitional figure between them.  It is only a testament to his technical talent that allows this to happen.  While others could cling to the refuge of one intellectual and artistic movement over another, Goya was able to straddle both with his precision and sense of design in his work.  This distinguishes him from other artists of the time period because he was categorized in two sets of artists from the time period.

Already establishing himself as a transformational and transitional figure, Goya's work in The Caprices distinguishes him from other artists of his time period in embracing a new type of aesthetic that surpassed both Romanticism and Neoclassicism.  Using the idea of "existence as catrastophe," Goya was able to detail existential and modernist notions of consciousness on a canvass.  Such a scope and vision of human beings embodying their own worst enemy was an artistic interest that distinguished Goya from other artists.  It is a testament to the intellectual and artistic field of play that existed in his own mind.  Whereas other artists were limited by the intellectual time frame in which they composed work, Goya seemed to think beyond such constraints into that of a true artist who envisions what can be from what is.

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