Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (March 30, 1746 to April 16, 1728) pushed reality in his paintings to the point he became the master of modernism itself. Here we see his attention to reality, in the eyes of the black and white cat:
And here we see a painting illustrating Goya's bold use of space. This is one reason he is called a modern.
He may have been both the beginning and the end of modernism. His blank spaces are coherent references to that which is not known, a path dropped by his successors as they imitate his effect. We also see this reference to the unknown in the eyes of the gray cat above, a gaze which will be repeated later in his work.
One thing Goya did not know was that his son's wife lied to him. He wanted to leave his mistress cared for, but his daughter in law tricked him, and she was not.