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BEAUTIFULLY BLEAK: Museum in Pinner’s new exhibition explores the grotesque

 Published on: 15th October 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new exhibition at a Pinner museum will explore misshapen artworks by renowned artists William Heath Robinson and Francisco Goya.

Illustrating the Grotesque at The Heath Robinson Museum is now open until Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Following a serious illness which left him deaf, Goya became disillusioned with social structure and severed himself from the world. He dove into his art and created 80 etchings, entitled Los Caprichos.

While Heath Robinson was training at the Royal Academy (RA) Schools from 1892-97, the RA Library purchased a set of Goya’s Los Caprichos, which likely inspired Heath Robinson’s work.

A museum spokesperson said: “As the summer draws to its end, the walls of our museum get populated with darker, eerie creatures from the pens of Heath Robinson and Francisco Goya.

“A selection of prints from Los Caprichos by the legendary Spanish painter will be exhibited alongside the illustrations of Heath Robinson for The Works of Rabelais.”

Photo credit: Heath Robinson Museum

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