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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Huge Cities and high tow'r'd, that well might seem The seats of mightiest
Monarchs, and so large The Prospect was, that here and there was room For
barren desert . . . Nothing trivial can happen in this landscape; nature is didactic,
He was a shy, insecure, aloof young man — if one did not know this from the
testimony of his friends, one would gather it from his early self-portraits, with their
veiled look of mannerist inwardness acquired from Pontormo — and, it seems, ...
Thus he can be very deceptive: the image that seems the freshest product of
observation turns out to have been used half a dozen times before. Degas copied
everything from Mantegna to Moghul miniatures, and even the work of lesser ...
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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