Goya's Last Works

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Jonathan Brown and Susan Grace Galassi

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A close look at Goya’s final years and his brilliant culminating work 

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) spent the last four years of his life living in Bordeaux with other political émigrés from Spain and South America. In those years he created small-scale, intimate pieces, including uncommissioned portraits of friends and family, miniature paintings on ivory plaques, and numerous drawings and lithographs. These works attest to the artist’s continuing vitality in his old age and also offer insight into his life in Bordeaux.
This beautiful book presents fifty-one key works from Goya’s late period along with two essays that illuminate his works of that time. Jonathan Brown retells the story of Goya’s difficult years in exile when he nevertheless continued to make art, experimenting with the new medium of lithography, inventing a technique of miniature painting on ivory, and painting remarkable portraits of friends and supporters. Susan Grace Galassi describes the rich historical and cultural milieu of Bordeaux and establishes a biographical context and sense of place that underscore the triumph of Goya’s final achievement.

Jonathan Brown is Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and the author of many books, including Velázquez: Painter and Courtier, The Golden Age of Painting in Spain and the Yale Pelican History of Art volume Painting in Spain, 1500–1700, all published by Yale University Press. Susan Grace Galassi is curator at the Frick Collection, New York, and is the author of Picasso’s Variations on the Masters and co-author of Whistler, Women, and Fashion, published by Yale University Press.


The Frick Collection, New York, February 22 –May 14, 2006

“…interesting and original..” - Patrick McCaughey, Times Literary Supplement

“Brown and Galassi have produced a remarkably rich study by focusing solely on the period from Goya’s exile to Bordeaux in 1824 to his death in 1828 at age 82. They demonstrate how his painterly style changed over time and discuss an unusual genre he innovated that was inspired by smears of water drops . . . This book is recommended for art museum, academic, and larger public libraries.”—Library Journal

'[An] excellent study filled with superb illustrations... [This is an] illuminating new book on Goya's last works.' - Richard Cork, The Guardian

"Brown and Galassi have managed to wed meticulous scholarship with humility in the face of genius."—Art & Auction

"...an invaluable record of the mostly small but varied and intimate works done in his years of exile in Bordeaux."---Tom Rosenthal, The Independent on Sunday
ISBN: 9780300117677
Publication Date: March 2, 2006
224 pages, 9 x 11
30 b/w + 120 color illus.


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