A look at “Goya’s Graphic Imagination” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition features about a hundred works from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Goya produced more than 900 drawings and 300 prints throughout his long career. Most of the works on view are drawn from the Met’s own collection.

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PAINTINGS BY FRICK MADISON ARE AMONG THE COLLECTIONS OF THE F RI CK COLLECTION BUT RIGHT NEARBY AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE ARTIST'S PRACTICE, IT PROLIFIC ACTIVITY AS DRAFTSMAN AND PRINT-MAKER.

THE EXHIBITION, THE GRAPHIC IMAGINATION FEATURES ABOUT 100 WORKS FROM THE LATE 18th AND EARLY 19th CENTURIES.

AS A WHOLE GOYA PRODUCED MORE THAN 900 DRAWINGS AND 300 PRINTS THROUGHOUT HIS LONG CAREER.

MOST WORKS ON VIEW HERE ARE DRAWN FROM HIS OWN COLLECTION WITH OTHER WORKS WITH INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS.

SPANNING SIX DECADES, THE WORDS WORKS REFLECT THE TRANSFORMATION AND TURMOIL OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT, THE INQUISITION AND CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT.

THEY RANGE FROM GOYA'S ETCHINGS TO PRINT SERIES AND THE DISASTERS OF WAR.

DURING MUCH OF HIS CAREER GOYA ALSO CREATED ALBUMS OR SKETCH BOOKS AS AN OUTLET FOR HIS IMAGINATION REVEALING THE ARTIST'S NIGHTMARES, DREAMS AND VISIONS.

NOTABLE DRAWINGS ON VIEW INCLUDE THE SMALL SELF-PORTRAIT WHICH CAPTURES BOTH GOYA'S APPEARANCE AND HIS PSYCHOLOGICAL INTENSITY.

FOR WAGGING HIS TONGUE IN A DIFFERENT WAY REFERS TO PUNISHMENT CARRIED OUT BY THE ONLY OFFICE OF THE INQUISITION AND SPEAKS TO HIS EMPATHY OF THE ACCUSED.

THE CRUELTY DEPICTED IN A MAN BREAKING UP A FIGHT TESTIFIES TO GOYA'S INTEREST TO VIOLENCE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE PENINSULA WAR.

YOU'LL SEE LATER IT'S ONE OF THE MANY WORKS DEPICTING THE ACT OF DRINKING AS A METAPHOR FOR LOSING CONTROL AND A PRELUDE TO VIOLENCE.

GOYA'S HIGH REGARD FOR DRAWINGS AS FINISHED ARTWORKS IS ESPECIALLY EVIDENT IN THE CAREFULLY ORCHESTRATED COMPOSITION GOD SAVE US FROM SUCH A FATE SHOWING A DAGGER-WIELDING MAN LEADING A WOMAN AND HER CHILD TO AN UNKNOWN FATE.

PRINTS HAD DIFFERENT ROLES WITHIN GOYA'S WORK.

THEY PROVIDED ANOTHER PLATFORM FROM WHICH HE COULD DEVELOP NEW TECHNIQUES TO APPROACH COMPELLING SUBJECTS.

THE KEEN OBSERVER OF HUMANITY, HE PRODUCED LONG SERIES THAT EXPLORED OVERARCHING THEMES SUCH AS HUMAN FOLLY, SUPERSTITION, RELATIONS BETWEEN THE SEXES AND WAR.

IT WASN'T UNTIL LATE AGE THAT GOYA TOOK UP TOPOGRAPHY.

HE PRODUCED THIS WORK REGARD AS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE EXAMPLES OF THE MEDIUM.

GOYA'S GRAPHIC IMAGINATION WILL BE ON VIEW THROUGH MAY 7.