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Old Man Goya Hardcover – 11 April 2002
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- Publisher : Jonathan Cape Ltd (11 April 2002)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0224062794
- ISBN-13 : 978-0224062794
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Blackburn's breakthrough book: an astonishing portrait of a painter and his world.
About the Author
Julia Blackburn is the author of three books of non-fiction, Charles Waterton, The Emperor's Last Island and Daisy Bates in the Desert, and two novels, The Book of Colour and The Leper's Companions, both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize.
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Goya: a far from still lifeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2012
Having enjoyed Julia Blackburn's recent 'Thin Paths', I turned back 10 years to her excellent book on the Spanish painter Goya. This not-quite-straight biography concentrates on the latter part of the painter's long career when he had lost his hearing. The 'facts' of Goya's life are sketchy in many places, so the author has filled in the gaps using her creative imagination. She makes clear where she is doing this and the whole project works extremely well. What we get is an intimate and moving picture of the political and domestic context in which Goya plied his art, including three-dimensional portraits of his family and a useful reminder that, even after wars have ended according to history books, revenge killings, famine and repression often continue for many years.
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Ms Annie G
SuperbReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2017
This is a super book, written in a style that is far removed from many of the usual dry biographies. Julia Blackburn imagines the life of Goya as well as introducing sound research, and she conjures the street scenes, the political unrest, the fear and the successes. Superb.
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Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2018
G. C. Brasse
It gives good account of the tumultuous history of Spain through the ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2016
This is a fascinating mixture of travelogue,history , evocation of the paintings,etching and lithographs and personal reflection. It gives good account of the tumultuous history of Spain through the Napoleonic period and the repression that followed it.
Really enjoyed the bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 January 2018
Really enjoyed the book. I was expecting more detail on his life and his work practice but I gather more information about the artist isnot available.