Robert Hughes

Robert Hughes, who has surprised us with entire works on matters as sweeping and intricate because the historical past of Australia (The deadly Shore), the fashionable paintings circulate (The surprise of the New), the character of yank paintings (American Visions), and the character of the USA itself as obvious via its paintings (The tradition of Complaint), now turns his well known severe eye to 1 of paintings history’s such a lot compelling, enigmatic, and significant 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 previous masters to the early days of the nineteenth-century moderns.

With his salient ardour for the artist and the paintings, Hughes brings Goya vividly to existence via extraordinary research of an unlimited breadth of his paintings. construction upon the old 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 occupation at courtroom, to the darkly sinister and cryptic paintings he did on the finish of his existence.
In a piece that's instantly interpretive biography and cultural epic, Hughes grounds Goya firmly within the context of his time, taking us on a wild romp via Spanish heritage; from the brutality and straightforward violence of road lifestyles to the fiery terrors of the Holy Inquisition to the grave realities of battle, Hughes exhibits us in brilliant aspect the cultural forces that formed Goya’s paintings.

Underlying the exhaustive, serious research and the wealthy ancient history is Hughes’s personal in detail own dating to his topic. this can be a ebook knowledgeable not just via lifelong love and learn, yet through his personal fresh studies of mortality and demise. As such this can be a uniquely relocating and human booklet; with an analogous relentless and fearless intelligence he has delivered to each topic he has ever tackled, Hughes right here transcends biography to deliver us a wealthy and fiercely courageous ebook approximately artwork and existence, love and rage, impotence and loss of life. this can be one genius writing at complete capability approximately another—and the result's really spectacular.

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