Old Man Goya

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Vintage Books, Jul 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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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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There are a number of periods in the life of the brilliant Spanish artist Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) about which we know very little. Julia Blackburn has taken that sketchy biography and filled in ... Read full review

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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


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Julia Blackburn is the author of three books of nonfiction, Charles Waterton, The Emperor's Last Island, and Daisy Bates in the Desert, and of two novels, The Book of Color and The Leper's Companions, both of which were shortlisted for the Orange Prize. She lives in England.

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