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Goya Hardcover – 9 Oct 2003

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Press; First Edition edition (9 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843430541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843430544
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 3.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Hughes was born in Australia in 1938 and has lived in Europe and the United States since 1964. Since 1970 he has worked in New York as an art critic for Time Magazine. He has twice received the Franklin Jeweer Mather Award for Distinguished Criticism from the College Art Association of America.

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"Goya is what a good art book - or indeed any book - should be; personal and clear-sighted, passionate and thoughtful. The pugnacious Hughes knows what he knows about Goya, and he also knows how to express it." (Michael Prodger, Sunday Telegraph)

"Robert Hughes s Goya manages, with his usual style and skill, to enter into the spirit of the most enigmatic of painters." (Colm Toibin, New Statesman)

"an urbane, scholarly, immensely readable book that not only throws light on the artist s independent brilliance but also, in Hughes s wry and trenchant style, on the boorish parochialism of 18th-century Spain." (Sue Hubbard, The Independent)

"an enthralling and illuminating - if uncharacteristically deferential - study..." (Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman)

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A subtle, insightful and lively biography of one of Europe's greatest artists, by one of the world's foremost living commentators on cultural history and the visual arts who is also a passionate admirer of all things Spanish.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp on 3 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Throughout history we have examples of biographers so committed to the works of their artist subject that the reporting of the writer seems like the visual becoming oral. Such is the case of James Lord and Giacometti, David Sylvester and Francis Bacon, and now Robert Hughes and Jose de Goya y Lucientes. Hughes new publication entitled simply GOYA is the zenith work in the line of brilliant art history writing, books that include 'The Shock of the New' and 'American Visions' as well as definitive books on artists Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud. His knowledge is both technically sophisticated and psychologically sound and he is a gifted writer in about any métier.

But there is something more to this book than biography. Goya has been important to Hughes throughout his life: his first art purchase as student in Australia was one of the etchings of Goya's `Capricho' series. It wasn't until 1999, when Hughes came close to meeting death from an accident, was in a coma, then gradually recovered through a long series of debilitating therapies, that Hughes was able to overcome his writer's block and actually set about to write the biography of the artist who had become his obsession for years. Hughes admits that it was probably this experience coupled with a vision of Goya himself that made him truly comprehend and incorporate Goya's life of reactionary to the Church, to the absurdity and viciousness of War, to the Inquisition, and to the social injustices he observed. And the interesting parallel of course is that Goya suffered physically not only due to complete deafness, but also to undiagnosed maladies that made his life a trial but did not stop his painting.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
Until about 12 years ago, I thought of Goya as a minor artist who had done few memorable works. Then, I happened to stumble upon a major exhibition of Goya's etchings and aquatints at a Rennes museum in Brittany. I was astonished and compelled by what I saw. Most of the exhibit focused on a theme of antiwar and I wanted to know more. Many people have told me since that it's hard to find good books about Goya's etchings and aquatints. So I picked up this volume hoping to fill the void. My expectations with regard to the etchings and aquatints were more than fulfilled. Thank you, Mr. Hughes.
The book offered me much more. It has very good coverage of all Goya's work and what is known about his personal life. Mr. Hughes also has a wonderful ability to describe a work of art in a way that helps you see it in its historical context . . . rather than just in terms of today. From those perspectives, I became equally enthused about Goya's Caprichos and came to understand more about bullfighting and witches than I ever would have otherwise.
The book has a personal touch to it that is compelling. Mr. Hughes suffered a horrible accident before starting this book and had a lengthy recovery before he could begin the work. All of that frustration seems to have energized him to make the book come to life more than one would have ever thought possible.
The book does have three flaws that you should be aware of before beginning. First, the reproductions are usually quite small. If Mr. Hughes hadn't pointed out the tiny details in many cases, no reader would have been able to discern those details from looking at the pages here. Second, you will probably learn more than you ever wanted to know about the Spanish Bourbons for whom Goya was the court painter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren O'Connell on 3 Feb. 2012
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I've been a fan of the Spanish Peninsular War (1808-14) from time immemorial, I own a copy of the Goya portrait of Wellington (the one stolen from the National Portrait Gallery and shown in Dr. No's lair in the first James Bond picture), and I'm a fan of Robert Hughes' work, especially The Fatal Shore! Other than a brief visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid in 2003, I knew next to nothing on Goya but I liked his Disastres series and he knew Wellington, a personal hero of mine.

I was browsing the Mitchell Library in Sydney recently and came across a copy of Hughes' book on Goya, it was like holding a gold bar in my hand, it was that heavy, and with good reason. The pages are of pure gloss because they contain high quality reproductions of many of Goya's most brilliant paintings, many of which I'd seen at the Prado. After the most cursory flick through this book I knew I had to own it. Which I duly did shortly thereafter.

I read it straight away and was blown away - by the author's in-depth understanding of the subject, of his own demonic battles; physical and temporal (WA Justice of which I have a unique sympathy) and his truly engaging narrative that is a mix of historical insights, pure empathy with the subject, total understanding of the painting, it origins and meanings, and a biting wit (and withering irony) when it comes to subjects to the author's distaste (e.g. Ferdinand VII and the Inquisition). As an avid reader of many subjects, I was transfixed by the beauty of this book and the words on the page, that it took me longer than normal to read a book of such magnitude. Thinking back now, the experience of reading it sends a shiver down my spine, it was such an experience. I don't think I can read another art book again and feel the same.
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