Art critic Hughes dies
Robert Hughes

Noted Australian historian and art critic Robert Hughes has died in New York, aged 74.

He had been very ill for some time.

His wife Doris Downes Hughes was at her husband's bedside when he died at the Calvary Hospital in the Bronx early on Tuesday morning (AEST).

Federal MP Malcolm Turnbull paid tribute to his uncle by marriage, tweeting: "Robert Hughes, critic, historian, fisherman, has died today in New York City. Farewell my dear old mate. Rest in peace."

The writer, whom the New York Times once proclaimed the world's most famous art critic, also made major contributions to Australian history and to the history and philosophy of one of his passions, fishing.

Hughes wrote The Art of Australia, a comprehensive review of Australian painting from settlement to the 1960s, which is still considered an important work.

The West Australian

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