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The Dark Side of Creativity: What Goya’s Sleep of Reason Painting Reveals

Francisco Goya knew intimately, (he’d been manic depressive since late adolescence), that night is when things can become unbearable if our minds are fragile.
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“The Spanish painter Francisco Goya is one of the outstanding artists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Born into a middle-class family in 1746, in Fuendetodos in Aragon, he began painting young and was quickly recognised by his contemporaries for his genius. We acclaim him today for, among other works, his masterpieces, The Third of May 1808, his portrait of Charles IV and his family — as well as his series of unflinching prints, The Disasters of War.
However, his most emotionally compelling work is a print he made in 1799, titled — hauntingly and evocatively — The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters…”


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Produced in collaboration with:

Gemma Hope Green

Title animation produced in collaboration with

Graeme Probert


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