Old Man Goya
In 1792, when he was forty-seven, the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya contracted an illness that left him stone deaf. Yet he continued to interact with the world and to create, spending the next thirty-five years in a world emptied of sound but bursting with images of pageantry, cruelty, and pathos.
In this brilliant, idiosyncratic book – a kaleidoscope of biography, memoir, history, and meditation – Julia Blackburn vividly imagines the artist’s world during this time. She recreates the artist’s friendships and love affairs and breathes life into the subjects of his paintings: an ethereally lovely duchess; the spoiled grotesques of the Bourbon court; the atrocities of the Napoleonic wars. Old Man Goya is a rare work of empathy and imagination, a stunning portrait of the mind and life of a great artist.
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Old man GoyaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The author of both fiction and nonfiction, Blackburn (e.g., Daisy Bates in the Desert) has returned with a m lange of biography, historical fiction, and meditation on the life of Spanish painter ... Read full review
Review: Old Man GoyaUser Review - David - Goodreads
Excellent, enjoyable read. What an amazing tale of when Goya lost his hearing and lived such terrible times and yet accomplished some of his best work. Read full review