Clash: Goya – Becoming Alive On Screen

By Catarina Wilk

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. Without any doubt, we all have heard this unique name before. For sure! Well, probably the shorter version of it: Francisco de Goya.
The Spanish painter and printmaker, well-known for his diverse art works that span across beautiful paintings, drawings, etchings, and stunning frescoes such as The Parasol (1777), The Duke and Duchess of Osuna and their Children (1788), The Third of May (1808), Saturn Devouring His Son (1823) and countless more,is described as the most influential artist of the late 18th and early 19th century who paved the way for a completely different view on art.

The Osuna Family, 1788
Francisco de Goya. The Duke and Duchess of Osuna and their Children. 1788. (Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado).

Strikingly, his art pieces developed from cheerful and brightly coloured to profoundly pessimistic, searching, questioning and rather dark. Goya’s masterpieces are not only utterly divine, but also depict society’s bad grievances and highly criticise wartime’s autocracies at that difficult time in history.

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Francisco de Goya. The Third of May (1808).

Being the last of the Old Masters and also being considered as the pioneer of Modernism, Goya’s immensely successful career made this incredibly talented artist unforgettable.
In order to pay tribute to the artist’s admirable talent, Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood, a new feature-length film which is based on the successful exhibition Goya: The Portraits at the National Gallery in London, explores “the dramatic life and extraordinary artistry of Francisco Goya“ and brings him back to life.
High-quality art paired with cosiness? Yes, that is possible thanks to Exhibition on Screen.
The concept created by Phil Grabsky “brings blockbuster art exhibitions to over 1,000 cinemas in 40 countries“. Combining both lively shots from Goya: The Portraits itself and also footage from shootings of different locations in the UK, the United States and Spain which related to and had an impact on Goya, the documentary creates a comprehensive insight into the Spanish artist’s creativity and enables the spectator to fully experience the fantastic world of Goya.

EOS GOYA Visions of Flesh & Blood_Hugh Sachs as Francisco de Goya 1 � Seventh Art Productions, David Bickerstaff
EOS GOYA Visions of Flesh & Blood. Hugh Sachs as Francisco de Goya © Seventh Art Productions, David Bickerstaff.

EOS GOYA Visions of Flesh & Blood_Hugh Hood filming at Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande © Seventh Art Produ ctions, David Bickerstaff (1)
EOS GOYA Visions of Flesh & Blood. Hugh Hood filming at Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande © Seventh Art Productions, David Bickerstaff.

EOS GOYA Visions of Flesh & Blood_Joanna Dunn_Painting Conservator at National Gallery of Washington DC_Thérèse Lo uise de Sureda, Goya (1804-1806) © Seventh Art Productions
EOS GOYA Visions of Flesh & Blood_Joanna Dunn_Painting Conservator at National Gallery of Washington DC_Thérèse Lo uise de Sureda, Goya (1804-1806) © Seventh Art Productions

Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood is going to be released in cinemas nationwide on the 1st December 2015.
The official trailer acts as a little teaser. Unqestionably, the trailer already shows what you can expect from this brilliant documentary. Unseen material such as Goya’s revealing letters and some of his masterpieces that have not been included in the exhibition as well as personal statements from well-known Goya experts make this film even more exciting for true art lovers.

And if that is still not enough and you fancy even more information about Goya (what we totally understand!), have a look at This is Goya!