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Reflections on fishing; Library of Contemporary Thought.
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Criticizes Pat Buchanan, Pat Robertson, Jessie Helms, and Ronald Reagan, political correctness, academic obsessions with theory, the art world, American infrastructure, and other targets
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Goya

By Robert Hughes

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In this acclaimed life of the Spanish painter, critic Robert Hughes gives brilliant authoritative analyses of Goya's vast and varied works, placed within the social, political, and religious context of 18th- and 19th-century Spain. An extraordinary work of both biography and art history. 215 illus., 115 in full color. 448p.
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(1986). 4to. Minor edgewear to wrappers, with light scratching to clear, acetate d.j. VG/VG in wrappers.
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Once dubbed 'the Ingres of existentialism,' Freud paints texture and thinness of skin over flesh in such a hauntingly unforgettable manner that he's almost single-handedly redefined the figural subject & figurative painting in our time. 112 illus., 105 in color. 136p. Minor highlighting.
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A long-time former head art critic for Time presents an authoritative history of the Roman empire that provides coverage of an extensive range of topics from its government and architecture to its influence on culture and politics, sharing complementary personal insights from the author's 1958 visit. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
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Starting on a personal note, acclaimed cultural critic Robert Hughes takes readers to the Rome he first encountered as a hungry twenty-one-year-old fresh from provincial Australia in 1959. From that exhilarating portrait, he pulls back more than two thousand years to the city’s foundation, one mired in mythologies and superstitions that would inform Rome’s development for centuries. Hughes details the turbulent years that saw the formation of empire and the establishment of the socio-political system, along the way providing colorful portraits of all the major figures, both political and cultural. Form the formation of empire, Hughes moves on to the rise of early Christianity, his own antipathy toward religion providing rich and lively context for the brutality of the early church and eventually the Crusades. As one might expect, Hughes lavishes plenty of critical attention on the Renaissance, providing a full survey of the architecture, painting and sculpture that blossomed in Rome over the course of the 14th through the 16th centuries and shedding new light on old masters in the process. Having established itself as the artistic and spiritual center of the world, Rome, over the next three centuries, hosts an onslaught of artists converging on the bustling city, even while it is caught up in the nationalistic turmoil of the Italian independence struggle and war against France. Hughes keeps the momentum going right into the 20th centuries, exiting Fascism and Mussolini, damaged but intact, taking on the identity as the fashionable city of ”La Dolce Vita.” in the post-WWII years. This is the Rome Hughes contends, perhaps controversially, has been lost in the half century since, as the cult of mass tourism has slowly ruined the dazzling city he loved so much. Bibliography, Index, Illustration Credits. B&W illus. 498p.
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Draws on diverse original materials to recount the European settlement of Australia, from the 1788 landing of the first prison fleet to 1868
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An entrhalling account of the convict settlement of Australia, thoroughly researched and brimming over with rare and pungent characters and tales of pathos, bravery, and horror. The idiosyncratic voices of the individual convicts imbue the narrative with the spark and sabvor of real life in all its chaotic, intimate detail. Widely known as a consummate art critic, Robert Hughes reveals his formidable gifts as a social historian. Notes, Bibliography, Index.B&W illus. 688p.
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The iconic Belgium surrealist's world is comprehensively presented in this 'catalogue raisonne that fits in a backpack.' The bowler hat, the dreamlike twilight hour, the uncanny juxtapositions of objects and persons - all make their appearance, along with some surprising lesser-known paintings. Art critic Robert Hughes provides an intriguing essay to accompany this compact Magritte. Biographical Chronology, List of Works. Color illus. 438p.
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Considered by many to be the greatest artist of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso created a body of work that continues to command enormous popular interest. Of hand-held size, this compact collection manages to be affordable and comprehensive—a veritable dictionary of the artist’s work. Included are all genres and periods of his work—through the early blue and rose periods to cubism and later abstraction. Introducing the images is an insightful essay by celebrated art critic Robert Hughes. This book provides an essential resource for students as well as for all art lovers. And it represents an extraordinary value. No other book on the artist offers as many images at this price.
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Over the course of three decades Robert Hughes has earned a reputation for insightful commentary and criticism on subjects as diverse as Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes and his native Australia. 'Things I Don't Know' is his memoir chronicling the many eventful turns life has taken describing for the first time the near fatal accident that lead to that left him in a coma. Applying the same extraordinary analysis and commentary classics such as 'Shock of the New' set as a standard, Hughes offers readers his experiences viewing the works of Picasso and van Gogh, revealing a deep passion for beauty and tragedy of art captured in view memoirs.
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