Sunday, 12 March 2017

Two Maya's and one me

I have always been facinated by the work of Fransico Goya. The horrors of War made quite an impression of me when I was young. But what made the biggest impression on a horny teenager was  La Maja Desnuda (The naked Maya) and La maja vestida (the clothed Maya). It is the kind of the 1800 version of Playboy Magazine. The nude Maya slightly made a bigger impression not only on me but also on the people who lived at the time. This is not a Venus or a Delilah, a mythological object as an excuse to paint a nude woman. This woman clearly in a  contemporary dress is a curved woman from the eighteen hundreds and is looking in her bold gaze at us.
placed on richly coloured satin, which starkly contrasts to the bare white cloths Goya's Maja rests on.

The painting has been cited as among the earliest Western artwork to depict a nude woman's pubic hair without obvious negative by-ends (such as in images of prostitutes).With this work Goya not only upset the church authorities, but also made an impression the public and actually extended the artistic horizon of the day. And yours truly 180 years later.


  1. I do understand why the nude made an impression on a young, Han. :) But Goya has never really be a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. Goya not a favourite? Really? And his work is so powerful? No, Cat?

      OK, a lot of his work is dark, but this is really wonderful.


  2. I think it is a very beautiful painting and so clever to do it the way he Did !
    Love it..
    And yes, I understand your interesting in these paintings .
    BTW, I like your title.

    Mona Lisa

    1. Yes, it's those before and after pictures that are still popular. And always will be I think as long there are youngsters with raging hormones.

      PS got help with title.


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