What is Goya's subject matter?
Goya's goal in his painting was to display all the evil in the world. He was the court painter for King Carlos IV of Spain, and he did not think much of the king of the court. His paintings condemned their decadent lives. He also was reputed to have had an affair with La Duquessa de Alba. He painted her in "La Maja Vestida" and "La Maja Desnuda". Going with the theme of pessimism, he also painted scenes from the war between France and Spain-- a war he opposed-- in "Los fusilamientos del 3 de mayo". When Goya began to lose his hearing (and later his mind), his subject matter became darker in his black period. He painted characters from mythology like Saturn and Colossus.