The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya.
Desastre de la Guerra, 39; Grande Bazana! Con Muertos! c.1810-1811. Etching and aquatint.


Politics/Peace/Conflict:
No better place to begin then with Goya. Click the title post and you will travel to the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College in my home state of Iowa. Great school, with brilliant students (lousy rugby teams though). Susan Strauber, Professor of Art History has guided her students through an outstanding exhibition of this series, which I consider to be one of the greatest portfolios prints ever made.

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ince you have until tuesday night to learn this take a few minutes and accept the following challenge:
Hey BPJ,
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Can you and your savy little socialists???
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Love, Mandy

28 comments:

katelyn said...

Great detail to the prints. Although very dar, very interesting to look at. I liked how well they all went together.

Bec★ said...
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Bec★ said...

goyas print series is truly powerful. he has great content not to mention strong printmaking skills.

i got to level 33 playing FreeRice. its addicting :)
play FreeRice!!!

mingo said...

i agree that the prints are very powerful. i know im just a baby but it seems unreal to me how detailed the prints were. they looked like they were drawn out and not printed.

that rice game is AMAZING!!

ellen said...

i must admit that Goya is one of my favorite printmakers. his detail is crazy, and the content is incredibly strong. he certainly isn't into sundhine and rainbows, but nither am i, so it works.

zoe said...

I think the movement and emotion of those prints is what makes them so great to look at. I really liked the creepy/weird animals in the last group of plates.

Keriann said...

Goya's prints are amazing. I love his detail and sense of depth he creates.

Erin said...

Francisco de Goya does an incredible job of illustrating the effects of war that most of us are so disconnected from. The images are somewhat repulsive (particularily the looks on the faces) making the viewer uncomfortable with the content, but also captivating in the way they are done, keeping them interested.

Nels said...

I couldn't take it! I was unable to make my way through all of Goya's prints. He is soooo good at bringing home to the viewer all the incredible brutalities that man brings to man that are spawned from the violence of war. We are not a truly civilized world until we fully eliminate wars.

Goya is very good at creating action and drama in his prints. He touches your emotions, and does not spare tinting his prints with the hues of brutality.

DaniL said...

Loved the Goyas, as always. He creates such a great dialogue through his images and their titles. It's all very captivating and thought provoking, and the rawness of the fairly simple drawings and the black ink makes it even moreso.

And that rice game is addicting as hell!

Allison Bayer said...

I have to say, after browsing through Goyas prints - I'm packing my bags and living in the printshop. After making my first prints, I can so much more appreciate the line quality and control demonstrated in these works - its absolutely amazing. #47 is definitely one of my favorites!

It's amazing to compare the differences between Hazelwood and Goya. It really shows the versatility in voice of printmaking, as well as technique. The cartoon to the strict.... stunning.

carly said...

stunning detail. cannot believe how similar to a drawing his prints are. very cool, and yes, powerful. somewhat depressing after looking at 38 of them... but nonetheless, he's an incredible printer.

britt luecke said...

Goya is a great printmaker. His content is so strong and he has so much to say. Not to mention his great detail and skills are just facinating.

Mallory_Heesch said...

Not only was the content and skill outstanding, but the thing that struck me as being truly amazing was that there are EIGHTY plates shown on the Grinnell website.

I worked very hard to perfect just three plates last semester, and they still dont even compare to the incredible detail and sketch-like quality of Goya's prints. Incredibe stuff...

Sarah said...

I'm blown away by th enumber of plates Goya used. Each and every print has a lot of detail and content and I love the line quality is great.

Meagan said...

His prints are very dark in nature but that works for him. I really love his use of line to create texture and the use of aquatint to create depth.

libbyhansen said...

Thanks BPJ for the inspiration of Goya. His works are amazing and dark and enlightening and gruesome all at the same time! Sometimes to say what you want to say, you just have to say it. Show what those in power do not want you to show. Let's face it, corpses and death and dismemberment and the amusement of others is the brutal truth.

Goya uses basic fundamentals of printmaking to create striking and engrossing works of art. His line detail reminds me of Durer.

Love FreeRice!

Allison B said...

the prints were cool. Goya seems like a really cool artist. I am looking forward to our theme this semestertoo-- should be really interesting...esp with the election coming up. :)

Shawn said...

Wow! i really like these prints. It is definately a stark change from last weeks prints. so much emotion and attention to detail makes these truly great prints.

kirky b said...

I remember looking at goya's work last semester. His printmaking is soooo amazing its would be hard to distinguish it as a print if you only took a glance at it. Plate 3 "the same" is pretty rad

Anonymous said...

His work never ceases to amaze me. His technique and content coincide so well, to represent the terror and atrocities. The images are truly from a disturbed mind, that is why they are just so beautiful. He has such great detail to his work and simplicity to the amount of techniques used. It definitely reminds me that I have a long ways to go

Bao's Blog said...

Yup, the prints are definitely powerful. They're bold and very detailed....I like.

Jen said...

These prints have so much emotion in them. The dark values add so much intensity, as weird as it sounds I feel truely involved and a part of these prints.

Erica said...

goyas prints are amazing how well they depict suffrage, the facial expressions and the details are soo great.

mao said...

Goya's prints are so charged with emotions, they are powerful, showing the ugliness and brutality of war. We have seen the brutality and ugliness of war over and over again, and yet, it's as if we are babies who still crawls towards the stairs, even after having fallen a few times.

Michelle said...

I know I am just a baby so every printmaker's prints seem so amazing because I can now appreciate the detail and skill put into it....but Francisco's prints are amazing!...and the free rice game is amazing as well! =)

Bethany said...

So I played that rice game for 2 hours... and then I forgot to post.

Goyas prints are very intense and powerful. His work with line is spectacular.

Cal Stanfield said...

The prints look really cool. There's so much detail to all of them. I hope that as i progress as a print maker I will get a lot better, and be able to have half as much detail in my prints =)