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With their elegant abstractions and syncopations of form, such paintings look
back to the high decorative art of the Edo period, to Ogata Korin or Suzuki Kiitsu;
but they also look forward, in their indeterminacy, to Monet's water lilies at
They look fragile and contingent, but they endure for decades, through picture
after picture. (To make quite ... The way they are painted looks awkward at first, ill
defined — but only because it makes no concessions to haste. Morandi used no
The density of the paint — which is such that the smaller canvases look like
irregular plaques of pigment — is never opaque. It contains streaks and
underglows of light, akin to the suppressed radiance in Rembrandt's mid-tones.
And there is ...
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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