“Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with her, she is the mother of the arts and source of their wonders.” In other words, Goya believed that imagination should never be completely renounced in favor of the strictly rational. For Goya, art is the child of reason in combination with imagination.
The sleep of reason produces monsters With the grip of reason loosened, the artist is able to give free rein to his imagination, unleashing nightmarish fantasies and inner demons normally held in check by the rational faculties. But is the artist a victim of these dark, uncontrollable forces? Or is he the beneficiary of a liberating power, enabled to ‘see’ - like the nocturnal creatures- what is normally not seen in the clear light of day?
Francisco Goya (1746-1828) “Fantasy, abandoned by reasons, produce impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels” #franciscogoya#painter#artist#thesleepofreasonproducesmonsters#artoftheday#artlover#artdaily#artistoftheday#francisco#goya
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (my version in Checks & Balances). I’ve always loved Goya’s etching from Los Caprichos 1797-1799 a satirical critique on the Spanish society and the politics of the time. It’s such an incredibly powerful piece which still rings true 219 years later. I love the way he depicted the bats and owls. And I love Yinka Shonibare’s epic 2008 photographs too! Happy Halloween 🎃
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My final sketch is complete. Fransisco Goya, one of my favorite artists, like so many other visionaries , he was way ahead of his time. I have the utmost respect for artists and the amount of work they put into each and every piece. I’m really glad I took this course! #Goya#1799#thesleepofreasonproducesmonsters#Loscaprichos