I was saddened today to learn of the death of the Australian author and art critic Robert Hughes, aged only 74.
For many of us he was the art critic who spoke a language we could all understand, and he showed us how to appreciate modern art with his book The Shock of the New. He wrote a marvellous popular history of Australia’s days as a penal colony, The Fatal Shore, and he wrote two gorgeous books about the art, architecture and history of Barcelona and of Rome. (You can see my review of Barcelona here. Rome is on my TBR, and I hope to read and review it before long.
He will be sadly missed.