by Robert Hughes
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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Robert Hughes, who stunned us exhaustive works on subjects as vast and complex as the history of Australia (The Mortals of the Earth), modern art (the movement for The Shock of the New), the nature of American art (American Visions), and the nature of America itself, as seen through its art (The Culture of The Complaint), is now turning his famous critique of an art history most convincing, enigmatic, and personalities, Francisco José de Goya y LucientesWith the essential characteristic of fervor and ensuring in the eyes of insight, Hughes brings us the story of an artist whose life and work made the transition from the eighteenth century, reign of ancient masters to the early nineteenth century, modern paintingsWith his highlights of passion for the artist and art, Hughes brings Goya alive to life through dazzling analysis of a vast expanse of his workBuilding on the historical evidence that exists, Hughes tracks Goya development, as a man and artist, without missing a beat, since the beginning of the works commissioned by the Church, through his long and productive, and tumultuous career at court, for the dark and sinister cryptic and work he did at the end of his lifeIn a work that is both biographical and cultural epic interpretation, Hughes Goya motifs firmly in the context of his time, a savage venting through the history of Spain; from the brutality and easy violence of street life to the fiery terror of the Holy Inquisition to the realities of the war grave, Hughes shows us in the lively neighborhood in detail of the cultural forces that have Goya’s workUnderlying the comprehensive, critical analysis and rich historical past is Hughes’ own intimately personal relationship with himIt is an informed book not only out of love for life and study, but by his own recent experiences of mortality and deathIt is a single journey and the human book; with the same implacable and fearless intelligence that he brought to all subjects, he never, Hughes, he never touched upon it.
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