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A collection of quotes and sayings by Francisco Goya on art, light, paint, color, impossible, thoughts, great, path, fantasy, powerful, poetry, work and success.

18 Top Francisco Goya Quotes That Will Serve Like A Splash Of Color

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March 30, 1746

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April 16, 1828

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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.

Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters

- Francisco Goya

Monsters are the result of the sleep of reason.

- Francisco Goya

I have had three masters, Nature, Velasquez, and Rembrandt.

- Francisco Goya

The dream of reason produces monsters

- Francisco Goya

But where do they find these lines in nature? I can only see luminous or obscure masses, planes that advance or planes that recede, reliefs or background. My eye never catches lines or details.

- Francisco Goya

I see only forms that are lit up and forms that are not. There is only light and shadow.

- Francisco Goya

First be a magnificent artist and then you can do whatever, but the art must be first.

- Francisco Goya

The dream of reason produces monsters. Imagination deserted by reason creates impossible, useless thoughts. United with reason, imagination is the mother of all art and the source of all its beauty.

- Francisco Goya

The act of painting is about one heart telling another heart where he found salvation.

- Francisco Goya

I am beginning to have more powerful enemies and more envious ones, too.

- Francisco Goya

With all my work, I have not more, with my shares in the bank and the Academy, than twelve or thirteen thousand reales a year, and with all this, I am as contented as the happiest man on earth.

- Francisco Goya

I have now established myself in a most enviable manner. Those who require something of me must seek me out - I remain apart. I work for no one unless he is a high-ranking personality or a friend.

- Francisco Goya

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.

- Francisco Goya

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.

- Francisco Goya

In art, there is no need for color; I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait.

- Francisco Goya

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.

- Francisco Goya

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.

- Francisco Goya

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.

- Francisco Goya