Pablo Picasso is probably the most famous visual artist of Spanish descent. Salvador Dali, Diego Velazquez and Joan Miro are other well-known artists. But number two spot on the list, at least in my book, goes to Francisco Goya.
Born in 1746, Goya lived during a turbulent time in Spanish history that included plenty of court intrigue along with an invasion by France from 1808-14 which installed the “intruder king” Joseph I (who was the brother of Napoleon) on the Spanish throne. To top it off, Goya suffered a serious illness around 1792 which left him deaf.
The illness, along with the oppression Spain endured under French rule, had a profound effect on Goya as a man and an artist. Through the boldness of his artistic vision, and his deftness as a social critic, Goya (who died of a stroke in 1828) had a profound influence on later generations of artists, including his fellow Spaniard Picasso.
A local group of artists at the University of Regina has also found inspiration in Goya’s art. On Oct. 2-3, they will use a mix of classical opera, techno, hip hop, dance and video to bring to life five of his paintings.
You can find out more information on the U of R website. The performances are at the university’s Shumiatcher Theatre on Oct. 2-3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $8 students/seniors, with U of R students free with ID.