|Wendy Bird. Sarah Maycock, illus.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||80 / 2015|
Illustrated throughout with original, evocative imagery as well as reproductions of art, these introductory biographies explore the works and lives of important artists and architects in detail, and trace the influence of their legacies on our world.
Modern art begins with Goya, posits Wendy Bird, herself an artist as well as an art historian. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes created art not just for representation but for its own sake: "Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with her, it is the mother of the arts and the source of their wonders," he wrote. Born in Spain in 1746, he lived through vast cultural and social upheaval, and his youthful images of peasants and country life matured into penetrating studies of human suffering and despair, perseverance and redemption.