Francisco Goya

1746 - 1828
Origin: Spain
Born: March 30, 1746, Fuendetodos, Spain
Died: April 16, 1828, Bordeaux, France

Francisco Goya, sometimes thought of as the first "modern" artist, was born in a small town in Spain's Aragon province to working class parents in 1746. Although legends persist about an unfortunate childhood in poverty, his parents were actually members of the Spanish lower nobility, and his father was granted a job promotion as a master gilder in the town of Zaragoza in 1760, which allowed the young Goya to obtain a solid education at a school taught by Piarist priests. Upon leaving school, Goya spent about four years studying drawing and painting in the Zaragoza workshop of Jose Lujan. While there, he mostly copied prints of Italian masterpieces, reportedly becoming quite bored by the task, but the practice provided him with valuable skill in drafting. He also met his future brothers-in-law, Francisco and Ramon Bayeu, at Lujan's studio; the two men would become significant colleagues in the course of Goya's later career. Goya married the Bayeus' sister Josefa in 1773.

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Francisco Goya
Spain, 1746 - 1828