Francisco Goya by Evan Connell
A Life

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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. And he shrewdly sifts through two centuries of commentary on Goya's art, deftly weaving insults-like "seeking to avoid the eyes and the image of God."(Paul Claudel)-with raves-"a masterpiece of loathing"(Ernest Hemingway). Connell has conjured Goya, his art, and his times with ease and imagination. This is an unforgettable biography from an American master.

About Evan Connell

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Evan Shelby Connell, Jr., 1924 - Evan Connell was born August 17, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and the University of Kansas. He also did graduate work at Stanford University, California; Columbia University, New York; and San Francisco State University. Connell's first published work was the critically acclaimed "The Anatomy Lesson and Other Stories" (1957), which is set in several different areas of the United States. His first novel, " "Mrs. Bridge" (1959), tells the life story of an upper middle class woman who lacks a sense of purpose and lives her life doing what is expected of her. Ten years later he wrote "Mr. Bridge" (1969), which tells the same story from the point of view of the husband. Both novels were adapted as the film Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990). Among his other works are "Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn" (1984, filmed for television 1991), "The Diary of a Rapist" (1966), "The Connoisseur" (1974), "The Alchymist's Journal" (1991), and the book length poem "Notes From a Bottle Found on the Beach at Carmel" (1963). Connell received the California Literature Silver Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award.
Published December 18, 2003 by Counterpoint. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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By the time the French invaded, Goya's hard-won status was unassailable, even by his own brutal honesty, and remained so through the ensuing upheavals, his work growing more satirical and embittered with each change of regime.

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