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Influenced by Rembrandt and Velazquez and admired by Manet and Picasso; the ‘father’ of Modern Art Francisco de Goya is regarded by many as not only a powerful social commentator but one of the greatest portrait artists to have ever lived. To mark his importance, the screening of a film reflecting on this revered artist’s life and work is showing at Tyneside Cinema on Wednesday 2nd December.

A collection of his work, Goya: The Portraits is currently at the National Gallery, London. It has assembled 70 paintings, drawings and miniatures from public and private collections around the world, some of which have never been displayed in London before.

The film, Goya – Visions Of Flesh And Blood is released in the UK on Tuesday 1st December; it uses this exhibition to take an in depth look at the artist’s remarkable life. Through location footage and from studying his artwork and letters, the film sheds light on an artist who was technically brilliant and whose brand of realism meant that he was not afraid to paint exactly what he saw physically and psychologically. This honest, modern and at times unflattering style did not prevent him gaining patrons from the entire breadth of Spanish society: including the royal family, aristocrats and politicians.

Spanning from early commissions, to artwork from his later life in self imposed exile in France, this is a comprehensive insight into a colourful life and career that spanned revolution, war with France and the Spanish enlightenment.

A must see for both admirers of and for those unfamiliar with his work.

Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood is screening at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Wednesday 2nd December.

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