Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes, who has shocked us with complete works on matters as sweeping and complicated because the background of Australia (The deadly Shore), the trendy paintings circulation (The surprise of the New), the character of yankee paintings (American Visions), and the character of the US itself as noticeable via its paintings (The tradition of Complaint), now turns his popular severe eye to 1 of paintings history’s such a lot compelling, enigmatic, and critical figures, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. With attribute severe fervor and sure-eyed perception, Hughes brings us the tale of an artist whose existence and paintings bridged the transition from the eighteenth-century reign of the outdated masters to the early days of the nineteenth-century moderns.

With his salient ardour for the artist and the artwork, Hughes brings Goya vividly to existence via wonderful research of an unlimited breadth of his paintings. construction upon the historic proof that exists, Hughes tracks Goya’s improvement, as guy and artist, with no lacking a beat, from the early works commissioned by way of the Church, via his lengthy, effective, and tempestuous profession at court docket, to the darkly sinister and cryptic paintings he did on the finish of his lifestyles.
In a piece that's immediately interpretive biography and cultural epic, Hughes grounds Goya firmly within the context of his time, taking us on a wild romp via Spanish historical past; from the brutality and straightforward violence of highway existence to the fiery terrors of the Holy Inquisition to the grave realities of struggle, Hughes indicates us in vivid aspect the cultural forces that formed Goya’s paintings.

Underlying the exhaustive, severe research and the wealthy ancient historical past is Hughes’s personal in detail own courting to his topic. this can be a publication proficient not just by way of lifelong love and examine, yet via his personal fresh reviews of mortality and demise. As such this can be a uniquely relocating and human booklet; with an analogous relentless and fearless intelligence he has dropped at each topic he has ever tackled, Hughes right here transcends biography to deliver us a wealthy and fiercely courageous ebook approximately paintings and lifestyles, love and rage, impotence and demise. this is often one genius writing at complete capability approximately another—and the result's actually amazing.

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