Modern Art Notes gets it right about my favorite dead artist Francisco de Goya:

I’d add that Goya had a particular skill for walking a fine line: He was a court painter, but privately, on his own time, he eviscerated the court (and everything else in Spanish life). There’s something in that ability to get along with power while satirizing it that seems especially clever and timeless.

Exactly. I am amazed at how contemporary Goya’s work feels whenever I see it. I bought the little painting above by Leslie Holt from her Hello Masterpieces series last year.