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It was not unknown for the face to fall off a Reynolds portrait if it was shaken.
Obsessed with technique, he was said to have scraped patches off his own Titian
and Rubens, and was known to have destroyed a Watteau, in search of the ...
We'd like to think our hero viewed those in power with a cold eye, and that his
portraits of them have an undercurrent of satire; but they didn't think so and and
they were neither foolish nor lacking in vanity. We may wish to see his great
It is unlikely, however, that his Austrian sitters took their portraits the same way.
There is still something disquieting about their effigies, pinned on the dark
canvas in those peculiar scratchy tones, the flesh iridescent and yet as musty as
a dead ...
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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