Balthasar




FRANCISCO JOSÉ DE GOYA Y LUCIENTES (1746 - 1828)
Infant Don Balthasar Carlos with Horse, 1778

 





This engraving is part of a series of copies of Velazquez which Goya published in 1778. Goya, famous as a painter and portraitist of his Spanish contemporaries, is also regarded as the leading graphic artist of his generation in a country where graphic printing art had not yet any tradition (unlike Italy or France). He was unacademic and independent, and as a graphic artist, he showed drasticness, sharpness and emotionality.

Goyas representation of the Velazquez painting shows a considerable dynamic quality. The forward thrust of the boy on the rising horse is even increased here by means of the graphic light dark, the accentuated clouds and the merging of landscape and sky.