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Goya: A Genius Defined by Passion--His Life in Paintings Paperback – March 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: DK Art Books
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789441403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789441409
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,183,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This paperback edition of the award-winning study of the life and work of Goya is filled with the same fine reproductions as the original 1994 hardcover. Goya was one of Spain's greatest and most controversial painters, famous for incisive portraits and the "black" paintings of his later years. Scholars have often attributed Goya's progression from producing light-hearted court paintings to creating somber images of the Napoleonic wars to the artist's serious illness of 1792, which left him deaf. Writer Janis Tomlinson's aim here is to show a continuity in his work before and after the illness. She sees in Goya's vast output--at least 1,800 works--a vital drive to explore and exploit his personal creativity, which was strengthened by the deafness that cut him off from all but visual communication with the world. With detail supported by formidable research, Tomlinson presents Goya's life chronologically, analyzing his work from icons like the Naked Maya to his Los Caprichos series of etchings with their biting social satire and supernatural imaginings of a world turned upside down. The demonic intensity of Saturn Devouring His Son and Witches Sabbath, painted on the walls of his "Country House of a Deaf Man" at the end of his life, suggest to some the work of an embittered madman. Rather, these disturbing paintings reflect Goya's profound empathy for the victims of a predatory and unjust society--empathy that a modern audience readily shares. --John Stevenson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Modern interpretations of Goya as a political artist, proto-Romantic rebel, fantasist or realist capture partial truths about the protean Spanish painter, suggests Columbia University art history professor Tomlinson in this meticulous, sumptuously illustrated study featuring 210 color and 70 black-and-white plates. By viewing Goya's career as a lifelong experiment with image-making, she shows how his art became a self-perpetuating process as his works fed off one another. Tomlinson argues unpersuasively that Goya's royal portraits, usually seen as savage satires, actually evince sympathy for his often homely or awkward subjects. She is more successful in elucidating his kaleidoscopic view of evil in the Los Caprichos etchings, his innovative small-scale oils and his investigations of irrationality and destructiveness in scenes of madhouses, war, the Inquisition and popular spectacles.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Charlise Tiee on January 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Janis Tomlinson, the writer of this book, seems primarily concerned in showing that there is a continuity in Goya's work, that it did not suddenly change from light-hearted to dark after Goya went deaf. For the most part, I feel she achieved this end, I for one am convinced. I wish she wrote more on Goya's technique and his personal life, both of which she does not go into much. The 300 or so colour reproductions of Goya's work are excellent, and there are many good close-ups. Unfortunately, Goya produced around 1,800 works, so it is disappointing that only a fraction of them are in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Grandpre on May 8, 2013
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Be aware that it is in Spanish. If you are okay with that, it's a very nice, well put together, very nicely illustrated, quality book. Because I buy art books mostly for the reproductions, I am happy with it. Many things not commonly seen along with the more common. Mostly from the Prado. But with Goya, what do you expect?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hate to say this on December 25, 2012
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Nice more compact size and absolutely full of pictures and descriptions of his style and his life and his artwork.
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good illustrations and I wish there had been more. They concentrated on the paintings, not much explanation and only showed a few prints.
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