Robert Hughes first encountered Goya's work while a student in Australia. Looking at his etchings for the first time, he wondered what made it possible for an eighteenth-century Spanish artist to convey the essence of despair, loneliness, anxiety and loss to an adolescent two centuries and half a world away. Thus began a life-long process of discovery and analysis. In many ways a labour of love, Goya charts the Spanish master's career, describing his entire painted and graphic oeuvre within its historical context. Containing lively biographical sketches of Goya's patrons and insightful analysis of his recurring themes, Hughes' book examines Goya's fierce pacifism and his reputation within his lifetime and after his death. (2003-12-08)
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-- The Saturday Herald Books of the Year.
‘A lively, intimate work that combines real scholarship with real feeling’ -- Jeanette Winterson, The Times
‘Hughes has succeeded triumphantly…Eloquent, scholarly, thorough, full of insight’ -- Daily Telegraph
‘Hughes succeeds where others have failed…As far as anyone can, he instinctively understands his man’ -- Sunday Telegraph
‘Staggeringly brilliant…[A] near-perfect mixture of powerful insight and magisterial prose’ -- Sunday Times
‘Wonderful…As an accessible study of Goya’s life and work, the book is all you could ask for and more’ -- Spectator
A subtle, insightful and lively biography of one of Europe's greatest artists, by one of the world's foremost living commentators on cultural history and the visual arts. (2003-12-08)
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Book Description Vintage Books USA, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099453681
Book Description Vintage Books USA, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099453681