Francisco Goya

(1746-1828)His political engagement, social satire, daringly modern technique at times anticipates Impressionism and Expressionism, and above all his fascination with the macabre, make him the most engaging of Spanish painters. Robert Hughes, brilliant, drunk and belligerent Australian art historian, wrote the classic study of this genius, while the monographs by Eleanor Sayre, curator at Boston’s MFA, offer meticulous and indispensable insights. His work has fallen from favor in the last half century, so splendid oversized books on his work can be had second-hand for a pittance.