Hasta la muerte, 1799
Considered one of the most important Spanish artists of the Romantic era, Francisco Goya was born on this day in 1746.
Titled ‘Hasta la muerte’, this is one of the 80 satirical prints in his Los Caprichos series. It shows an elderly woman admiring her reflection in a mirror as a number of young onlookers suppress giggles.
Although Goya enjoyed enormous popularity in France, admired by the poet Baudelaire and painters including Manet, the English were slow to appreciate his work. The critic John Ruskin, disgusted by his ‘immorality’, burned a copy of the Caprichos in 1872, and the National Gallery acquired no works by him until 1896.