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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But there is another reason to connect Watteau with Impressionism: the colloquial
, almost chatty strand of improvisation that purls along the surface of his art
without distracting from its depths. As with Renoir, his models were his friends.
In reality, "surface qualities come into play. ... It is as though the artist had
discovered a means of simultaneously combining touch and sight." Manet's
sense of touch was extraordinary, but its bravura passages are in the details: how
(They would surface later in the title of a 1944 painting, How My Mother's
Embroidered Apron Unfolds in My Life. ) Gorky's sense of draftsmanship was
bound up in the "speed" of a line, its whip and springiness, its ability to convey an
edge and ...
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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