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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1888, the year van Gogh began work there, was more foreign to a Parisian than
Tunis is today. As in travel, so in art: the painters looked to foreign sources, inside
and outside France, for inspiration — Breton carvings, the crude popular ...
Van Gogh's correspondence was unique: no painter has ever taken his readers
through the processes of his art so thoroughly, so modestly, or with such
descriptive power. The forms of the Arlesian landscape, its patchwork of fields
But to see an Arlesian orchard foaming into April bloom is to glimpse van Gogh
rendering them ("absolutely clear ... a frenzy of impastos of the faintest yellow and
lilac on the original white mass"). Even his symbolism leaves its traces.
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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