Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artists
Essays on art and artists, from Holbein and Caravaggio to contemporaries including Hockney and Schnabel, by the noted Australian expatriate art critic, Robert Hughes. He not only discusses the particular skill of each artist but also addresses matters such as art teaching, art and the marketplace, and art as a social function.
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One may be half prepared for Gauguin's impact on younger artists after 1900, but
to see it in the paint (and the wood) is another matter. Where does that peculiar,
dense, purply-brown shading of Picasso's early work come from, but the bodies ...
His brooding Manao Tupapau (The Specter Watches Over Her), 1892, with its
uneasily dozing girl watched by a goblin, may hark back to Fuseli's Nightmare,
but it also repeats a painting Gauguin did eleven years earlier of his daughter
Gauguin's ambitions, in this regard, were quite Wagnerian. He thought in terms of
large didactic and decorative cycles. He dreamed of making a "total" work of art
subsuming architecture, painting and sculpture — hence the "Museum of the ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - philipjohn - LibraryThing
Robert Hughes must be one of the finest users of language at work in the field of art criticism. His comments, whether you agree with them or not, are always a joy to read. Read full review
Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artistsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This collection brings together over 90 essays, many of which have already appeared in major journals. Hughes considers the Masters, 19th-century art and artists, the Modernist spirit, American and ... Read full review