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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The maestro of this process was Matisse. He was a mature painter of forty-eight
when he started his first working sojourn in Nice after 1916. Just as Gauguin had
carried his style preformed with him to Tahiti, so Matisse took his to the Cote ...
When Matisse saw the glitter of light on a band of water, he wanted to get it right,
along with the curlicues of wrought iron between his eye and the Baie des Anges,
and the Moorish dome of a pier pavilion, and the curl of a dressing mirror frame ...
Matisse had learned from Manet: that black, far from signifying the absence of
color, can read as a suave and powerful hue. Matisse's work, seen in this
concentration, proves once more that in painting, innovation means nothing
without a vital ...
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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