The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

March 30, 2016

March 30, 1746

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.  

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