For those of you who prefer images of undeniable beauty (just as I do), perhaps you also see and feel images that tell another kind of truth. Francesco Jose de Goya y Lucientes is a painter and printmaker that deals with both and with equal unbridled honesty.
Last evening I viewed Robert Hughes' DVD presentation about this great painter. In the video (which is occasionally of exceptional visual quality in the reproductions shown), Hughes indicates that Goya is his most admired painter and does a pretty good job of demonstraiting why.
There were many facts given that turn around popular assumptions about Goya and if you can bear a few of Hughes' intentionally provaactive sentences, there is much to learn and enjoy.
Robert Hughes died this month and his insights will be missed. I've posted evidence of the two "truths" I've mentioned. I'll assume you can see our grotesque and beautiful world when a great artist provides the images)
Goya, An Idiotc Feat. (Etching from the Disasters of War )
Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, Antonia Zarate, oil/canvas
Incidentally, Leon Golub is interviewed by Hughes within the context of the DVD and seems to share Goya's willingness to show us the inhumanities that exists in our world. I have posted some of Golub's paintings earlier this year and here's another. I think Golob's understanding of why and how both he and Goya paint these kind of images is useful in understaqnding art in relationship to the real world.
These last two paintings (Interrogation and A Fight with Cudgels) are examples of what goes on every day on this beautiful Earth.
But I'll patch in one last painting that tells of what we're also capable of doing.
Milton Avery, Gladiolas , oil/canvas