REVIEW Ò Goya By Robert Hughes

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REVIEW Ò Goya By Robert Hughes â ❴Read❵ ➪ Goya Author Robert Hughes – Robert Hughes who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia The Fatal Shore the modern art movement The Shock of the New the nature of Ame Robert Hughes who has stunned us wiOf war Hughes shows us in vibrant detail the cultural forces that shaped Goya s work Underlying the exhaustive critical analysis and the rich historical background is Hughes s own intimately personal relationship to his subject This is a book informed not only by lifelong love and study but by his own recent experiences of mortality and death As such this is a uniuely moving and human book with the same relentless and fearless intelligence he has brought to every subject he has ever tackled Hughes here transcends biography to bring us a rich and fiercely brave book about art and life love and rage impotence and death This is one genius writing at full capacity about another and the result is truly spectacul. This 2006 beautifully edited paperback bio of the great Spanish painter is a joy and a must have for art history readers and collectors Though a paperback it is a solid one piece of a a book with top uality hard paper and where lots of good sized paintings are collected throughout The visual and tact ualities make the book alone worth the purchaseNow the writing I came across this book after reading Mr Hughes's previous history of American painting which left on me such a good impression I had to look for from this Australian author There are two first comments that have to be made 1 the author writes so well so fluidly so devoid of the arrogant academic slang that one has to get hooked on whatever he writes about The man knows about what he writes accordingly he feels no need to take on the act of a typical professor grinding on his subject And thanks for that So his story just comes out of himself it's personal not anything official and appropriately so since few subjects are relative than art And 2 the author is opinionated and full of prejudice That is not good but not good for the author of whom I am not concerned in the least; what concerns me are his books and they are some fine and jolly good ways to spend time and get some knowledge while doing it On this second point let's just say that the author lets his books talk as much of himself as of the subject he is dealing with I find it uite understandable when it comes to arts or politics because it's all subjective material no right or wrong analysis but only a matter of opinion And I applaud him for his sincerity His brief statements on all kinds of issues bring out his left wing political bias but I believe also his independent thinking and straightforwardness He has a thorn in the flesh with religion though with Catholicism specifically and he can't get over itThe book presents the life and works of Goya The history of Spain and the life of the artist do not blend though Mr Hughes tries but cannot make them blend there's not enough that we know about the man Goya The author shows very well a lot of works of Goya and uses them to thread the story of his life and times in a parallel sort of way The talent is in the author for telling stories that catch the attention of the reader for picking the bits of life that interested Goya to make his paintings and sketches and which are also the object of our interest And there's lot of stuff to talk about Goya painted war scenes crimes female bodies street characters bullfighting portraits monstrouous things violence and stupidity sanity and insanity sainthood and evil Goya poured himself and as much of Spain into his drawings and paintings and those are our main source of information The history concise as can be of Spain that Mr Hughes presents is not a matter to produce any polemics though he sticks to the official history in the text books mainly he resorts to Raymond Carr material without deviating much from traditional discourse Carlos IV wasn't however the cuckolded husband that tradition portrays if we are to believe recent studies The Motín de Esuilache is done away with also with the usual and simplistic explanation that it was a matter of dress code that the people of Madrid rebelled against Well yes but that was the scapegoat for the rising which would never have taken place if the people of Madrid weren't tickled by the nation's high aristocracy which felt their power skipping through their fingers and going into the hands of foreign ministers like EsuilacheHughes is too sympathetic with his hero Goya He delivers a self righteous Goya an alter ego of Hughes all leftists are self righteous they are god less saints a charitable but unbelievable character “Goya's immense humanity a range of sympathy almost literally “co suffering” rivaling that of Dickens or Tolstoy” At times he is at pains to “explain” away Goya's less likeable actions or attitudes to excuse him for his in our modern view wrong sentiments I would have liked better that Mr Hughes used his usual straightforward style and accepted the possibility that Goya might not have been such a politically correct and laudable person or even that he might have been uite a dislikeable character deep down why not We have no definitive proof that he was one way or the other After reading this biography one has an inclination to conclude that Goya was indeed a man of his time a Spaniard of his time full of contradictions he hated violence and oppression but liked bull fighting hunting; he styled himself a patriot and an illustrado but well be called an egotist fan of Mammon and a Collaborator “he disliked and despised the new king and his opinions He never said so” I am sure he was an old grumpy man with no patience nor time for fools a simple feature that already wins for him my sympathy But Hughes takes his “humanity” too far He wants to make a caring and lovable Goya in the way of Dickens but what he presents hints towards a Franco like Goya I'm sure Franco was lovable and caring too only in a different typically Spanishbrutish way not the British way If we are to assume that he was a typical Spaniard only a little “ilustrado” and sensitive in the modern sense of the word then he was a brute a lovable brute perhaps Hughes is the one who brings Franco into the book a couple of times by the way with derrogative intentions of course So this thing about characterizing persons as good or bad by having them match your corresponding political heroes or foes is nothing short of unfair and unrealistic As unrealistic and unfair as to pinpoint everything evil on individual characters Hitler Stalin Franco and clear all responsibilities from the hands of the folks the pueblo as though they were sheep astray and misled If Mr Hughes is in the business of saying who is nice and who is evil he should be fair and blame the whole nation for what would have been of little Franco without the people who supported him for so many years And what about silly Hitler without all those nice folks congregated at Nuremberg And he would be right to blame not only Fernando VII the clergy the nobles and so all the way to Franco but the whole nation of Spain because this country hasn't been a nation of “nice and well intentioned” folks for a long long time But Mr Hughes takes the shortcut as self righteous Leftists do there's to gain that wayAnother trait of Goya that puts him in the band of Mr Hughes's dislikeables is his religiosity “Twentieth century writers in their desire to emphasize the modernist rebel in Goya have often made him out to be irreligious either an agnostic or an enemy of religion But this is a crude distortion” Mr Hughes arranges somehow to still like the character of Goya in spite of all the evidence that rather puts the man among those who are apt to win his derision religion being a perfect isthmus test for these kind of occasion He was a Catholic admits Hughes but hey mind you “a Catholic without priests” And thus he is saved from Leftists' Hell Mr Hughes's personal commentary on Catholicism comes to the fore in its most crude form in these words “They the clergy were as bad as any modern Catholic priests They praised chastity but groped boys” In this case Mr Hughes does generalize and uite unfairly because we are talking about actual crimes not just behavior or cultural traits I am not a Catholic and completely understand his point and criticism but I have to say the author is not being fair A high percentage of the Spanish population was in the clergy in fact than today's hordes of civil servants funcionarios being that already a huge number So the people are actually the lawful recipient of Mr Hughes's derision Funny and ironic how the author's alleged love for Spain is but a covert and general derision of the nation in generalAn interesting historical piece of data that I have found is that 12000 Liberal Spanish families went into exile when the French invaders had to leave That's a lot of unorthodox people leaving from a country already destitute of enlightenment tolerance morals and plagued with envy laziness hypocrisy and thievery No wonder things only got worse thereon The best have always left or been made to leave; zero tolerance if you differMy attention paused at this comment the autor made when comparing nasty Fernando VII to hated Godoy “At least you could have some admiration for his Godoy's sexual potency” I just had to smile when I read this I mean what on earth has sexual potency got to do with the merits or demerits of anybody In spite of all the criticisms I have made of this author I strongly recommend his books and this one in particular On matters of art I prefer one strongly opinionated person capable of holding the interest of the reader with stories and acnedotes that are relevant and interesting to the lay reader than to read from a sulky or petulant fellow who shows off and lives regularly on the subsidy of some elitist institution or government Lo cortés no uita lo valiente

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Assion for the artist and the art Hughes brings Goya vividly to life through dazzling analysis of a vast breadth of his work Building upon the historical evidence that exists Hughes tracks Goya s development as man and artist without missing a beat from the early works commissioned by the Church through his long productive and tempestuous career at court to the darkly sinister and cryptic work he did at the end of his life In a work that is at once interpretive biography and cultural epic Hughes grounds Goya firmly in the context of his time taking us on a wild romp through Spanish history from the brutality and easy violence of street life to the fiery terrors of the Holy Inuisition to the grave realities. I was reading this book for my book group and it transpired that the other members were not reading it or found it too long to finish But I pushed on and I'm not sure why exactly since it seemed like every other page I would put the book down arguing with the author's very personal point of view Perhaps I persisted because the impatience or annoyance I felt with Hughes' narrative made the book live for me Is the view of torture in Goya's Ghosts false since as Hughes says the holy office was a shadow of its former self in Goya's time Must we renounce the romantic fantasy of Goya's affair with the duuesa de Alba Is Goya an enlightened painter a romantic painter or a revolutionary painter Is he a little of all three Does Hughes know Goya better than anyone else because he fell asleep at the wheel got in an accident and awoke much later with most of his bones shattered in constant pain Does he understand him better because he is an older man lusting after younger women Or do I understand him better because I am half deaf Does Goya elude us all despite our love for his majas his bulls his portraits That is how I feel after 400 pages of Hughes I feel I know Hughes much better in all his contradictions which remind me of those of the infuriating Christopher Hitchen but Goya less well Well illustrated with good thick glossy paper which is a very good thing for an art book


Goya By Robert HughRobert Hughes who has stunned us with comprehensive works on subjects as sweeping and complex as the history of Australia The Fatal Shore the modern art movement 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 Complaint now turns his renowned critical eye to one of art history s most compelling enigmatic and important figures Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes With characteristic critical fervor and sure eyed insight Hughes brings us the story of an artist whose life and work bridged the transition from the eighteenth century reign of the old masters to the early days of the nineteenth century moderns With his salient p. A 82% | Very Good Notes Hughes gushes over Goya's genius is an apologist for his lesser works and castigates Fernando VII as a monstrosity