Art: Rocky Genius

Francisco Goya acknowledged only three masters: "Nature, Velasquez and Rembrandt." His careful study of all three was made apparent last week in a fine survey of Goya's work staged by a Manhattan gallery. The show also pointed up the strength and poignancy of Goya's feelings, which set him well apart from the mainstream of his age.

An artisan's son, born in the dirt-poor village of Fuendetodos in 1746, he had the ruthless energy that stops at nothing and that nothing stops. Goya fought bulls and men with equally savage joy; had he written his...

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