Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artists
The most controversial art critic in America--author of the bestselling The Fatal Shore and The Shock of the New--looks with love and loathing, wit and authority, at art and artists from the past to the present. Hughes evokes and defines the essences, works and worlds of a wide range of artists.
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One may be half prepared for Gauguin's impact on younger artists after 1900, but
to see it in the paint (and the wood) is another matter. Where does that peculiar,
dense, purply-brown shading of Picasso's early work come from, but the bodies ...
His brooding Manao Tupapau (The Specter Watcbes Over Her), 1892, with its
uneasily dozing girl watched by a goblin, may hark back to Fuseli s Nightmare,
but it also repeats a painting Gauguin did eleven years earlier of his daughter
Gauguin's ambitions, in this regard, were quite Wagnerian. He thought in terms of
large didactic and decorative cycles. He dreamed of making a "total" work of art
subsuming architecture, painting and sculpture — hence the "Museum of the ...
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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
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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
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