Goya & Shonibare, The sleep of Reason creates monsters, 1799 & 2008

Goya & Shonibare, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, 1799 & 2008What exactly is the artist dreaming in Goya’s print? His own madness. The “hideous monsters” that terrify him are “of [his] own framing,” as Addison said… For the romantic artist, creative genius consists in dreaming — giving imaginative form to his own mental states, more precisely, his own irrational feelings, indeed, disturbed subjectivity. Donald Kuspit “The Romantic Subject” (2000)

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