Art critic and historian;
Born: July 28, 1938; Died: August 6, 2012.
Robert Hughes, who has died aged 74 after a long illness, was an eloquent Australian writer and art critic whose 1980 BBC series on the development of art since the Impressionists, The Shock of the New, was a TV landmark. The subsequent book was an international best-seller as was The Fatal Shore, his 1987 study of the early settlement of Australia and its roots as a British penal colony.
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