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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After Poussin, Rome could no longer condescend to Paris. But without Rome
there would have been no Poussin: Rome formed and trained him, gave him his
conception of professional life, his myths, his essential subjects, his sensuality
Poussin was to art what his contemporary Pierre Corneille became to drama. As
La Bruyere said of Corneille, he "paints men as they ought to be." The world of
Corneille's great tragedies of the 1640s, Rodogune or Horace, is prefigured in ...
The more Germanicus unfolds, the more one realizes why Bernini, on his visit to
Louis XIV in Paris, declared Poussin the only French artist who really mattered: il
grande favoleggiatore, "the great storyteller." For the means of the painting ...
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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
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
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