Francisco Goya: A Life by Evan S. Connell (First Edition)
From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Son of the Morning Star and Deus Lo Volt!, a biography that breaks the mold-recounting with stunning immediacy the dark genius behind the renowned Spanish painter. Enigmatic, compelling, darkly brilliant and casually masterful in turn, Francisco Goya changed art forever, although the nature of his influence has been widely interpreted. Degas, for one, lamented that because of Goya he was condemned to painting a housewife in her bathtub. During the vile days of the Spanish Inquisition, Goya painted royalty, street urchins and demons with the same brush, bringing his own distinctive touch to each. This unusual man and his ghastly times are the perfect subject for Evan S. Connell, one of our greatest and least conventional writers. This unorthodox biography shines with wit, erudition and prodigious research. To say Connell is intimate with his subject is an understatement: He seems to be inside Goya's famously impenetrable skin. In a colloquial, wry style, Connell introduces a wealth of detail and a comic cast of weird and eccentric characters-dukes, queens and artists-as lewd and incorrigible a group as history has ever produced.
Hardback | 256 pages
155 x 241 x 23.62mm | 494.42g
18 Dec 2003
Berkeley, United States
Condition: Very Good
A secondhand book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket included. Dust jacket has very minor scuff marks. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.