The Easel

The Wondrous Critic

Robert Hughes’ strong views and vivid prose thrilled many. But not all. One writer complains that some essays in a newly published anthology have “a skunk stripe of nastiness”. The above review takes a broader perspective.  “Hughes’s excellence could not be contained in the relatively narrow, not to say paltry, confines of his stated profession. [He] had perhaps the best eye of any critic of his age.”