Francisco Goya was an eminent Spanish romantic printmaker and painter. He is regarded as one of the most illustrious Spanish artists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He also remained a chronicler and a commentator of his era throughout his long career. He shot to fame for his commissioned portraits of the Spanish nobility. He created unique portraits that reflected his thoughts and the way he perceived things. He never artificially beatified his works, and captured the things the way he saw them. He also earned the reputation of a portrait artist as he composed portraits of several royal families. Following is a collection of quotes and sayings by the distinguished painter which have been curated from his works, thoughts and life. Presenting famous quotes and sayings by Francisco Goya that will paint the canvas of your life with beautiful colors.
Painting (like poetry) chooses from universals what is most apposite. It brings together, in a single imaginary being, circumstances and characteristics which occur in nature in many different persons.
Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.
In art, there is no need for color; I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait.
I will give a proof to demonstrate with facts that there are no rules in painting and that oppression or servile obligation of making all study or follow the same path is a great impediment for the young who profess this very difficult art.
I have just returned from Arenas and feel very tired. His Excellency loaded me with a thousand honours; I have painted his portrait and that of his wife and boy and girl with unexpected success, for other artists had been there previously and not been successful.
Painting, like poetry, selects in the universe whatever she deems most appropriate to her ends. She assembles in a single fantastic personage, circumstances and features which nature distributes among many individuals. From this combination, ingeniously composed, results that happy imitation by virtue of which the artist earns the title of inventor and not of servile copyist.