Painting

Podcast

The state of painting now

Plus, its enduring market appeal and new secrets revealed in a restored Vermeer

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Books

Van Dyck's greatest portraits as an opera in four acts

This elegant and suggestively written monograph is the fruit of 70 years’ reflections on the Flemish artist’s portraiture

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Adventures with Van Gogh

The Harvest: painted in a single summer's day, here's why this is Van Gogh’s finest landscape

Vincent needed to recover from his intensive work with a stiff drink and his beloved pipe

Review
Books

Photographs, psychoanalysis and sex: four books provide enlightening studies of 'rock star' Francis Bacon

The artist seen from varied perspectives on his work and influences

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Books

Grand mural projects: a vital chapter in British art history

In her book, Lydia Hamlett unpacks the literary, cultural and political significance of “the animated wall”

Podcast

Slavery: the groundbreaking Dutch exhibition confronting colonial history

Plus, Leonora Carrington's Surrealist children's book behind the next Venice Biennale and Rubens's landscapes reunited after 200 years

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Exhibitions

Frank Bowling: ‘My art isn’t about politics, it’s about paint’

As several shows of his work open, the artist talks about the distinctive transatlantic influences on his art, the role of politics, and art for art’s sake

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Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet and modern beauty: prettier, more frivolous and gallant

A series of essays explores the 'feminisation' of the artist's later practice

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Exhibitions

Rarely seen paintings by Nina Hamnett, fringe member of the Bloomsbury Group, to go on show at Charleston

The artist, who was most famous as a model and a memoirist, specialised in portraits of working people and her artistic circle

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Book Club

The American who brought Modern masterpieces to Iran

A new memoir by curator Donna Stein reveals the story behind the creation of a Western art collection for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in the 1970s

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Artists

The places you can’t go: Ellen Harvey recreates lost places

Her Disappointed Tourist project now includes more than 200 sites submitted by the public

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Science

Scientists unveil 'whitest paint ever'—and museums can't wait to get their hands on it

The material, which reflects 98% of light, will have significant use in cooling buildings and fighting climate change

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Prehistoric art

Researchers suggest that trippy hallucinations influenced prehistoric cave art

Reduced oxygen resulting from the use of torches in narrow enclosed spaces likely triggered hypoxia, resulting in out-of-body experiences, scholars report

Interview
Tess Jaray

Tess Jaray: ‘I wanted to make space, to make something that you could disappear into’

As shows of her paintings open in the UK and Austria, Jaray reflects on the influence of Piero della Francesca and Brunelleschi on her work across six decades

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Acquisitions

Getty acquires a striking painting by Artemisia Gentileschi of the Roman heroine Lucretia

The museum, which did not disclose the price, says the work reflects a shift to a more idealised style

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Auctions

Victorian watercolours by trailblazing British feminist and social justice campaigner come up for auction

Ewbank Auctions in England has estimated the amateur paintings by Josephine Butler at around £250 each

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Painting

Artist Yan Pei-Ming makes vast pandemic painting inspired by plague scenes of the Isenheim altarpiece

“The viewer might be shocked. It is life today,” says the artist who created the Covid-19 works in isolation in his studio in Dijon

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Auctions

Unseen Van Gogh painting of Paris—owned by one French family for a century—could make $10m at Sotheby’s

The rare work shows a distinctive pastoral side to the city's Montmartre neighbourhood

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Acquisitions

When everything turned upside down: Georg Baselitz donates six pathbreaking paintings to the Met

Portraits date from 1969, a pivotal point for an artist departing from conventional motifs

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Attribution

Its attribution restored, a Rembrandt portrait goes on view in Pennsylvania

A scientific analysis and conservation effort unveiled signature brush strokes and other marks of the master

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Inauguration

At US Capitol, a new president and vice president greet 1859 painting with a rainbow theme

Painting by Black artist was chosen under Jill Biden’s guidance for a gift-giving ceremony

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Protests

US Capitol’s works of art survive amid right-wing rampage in Washington

The authorities say that cleaning and conservation will be needed, however, after art was damaged by tear gas, pepper spray and fire extinguishers

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Tracey Emin

The Big Review—Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul

The British artist rekindles her love affair with the work of her favourite artist at the Royal Academy—and it is Emin whose voice emerges strongest

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Books

Fernand Khnopff and the art of introspection—exhaustive book offers last word on Belgian Symbolist

The outcome of decades of research, this meticulously produced volume gives insight into artist's full oeuvre

Analysis
Art market

‘We have to broaden our reach, be more interesting’: the year the Old Master trade went digital

The pandemic has forced a resolutely analogue trade to go digital. Despite the technical hurdles, the results have surprised even traditionalists

Podcast

A brush with... Christina Quarles

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from epic musicals to James Baldwin

Interview
Artist interview

'I’m excited to know that what I’ve made has physically never been made before': Jennifer Packer's extrasensory paintings come to London

Ahead of shows at the Serpentine Galleries in London and, next year, at MoCA in Los Angeles, the US painter reflects on the power—and constraints—of her medium

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Exhibitions

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s political—with a small ‘p’—portraits finally go on show at Tate Britain

The British artist's largest exhibition to date will also be shown in Stockholm, Dusseldorf and Luxembourg

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Obituaries

Remembering Kenzo Takada, the designer and artist who created the first global, multicultural, fashion brand

In everything he made—clothes, spectacles inspired by his trademark round lenses, home furnishings, parfumerie—Takada's love of fine art remained close at hand

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Jacob Lawrence

Missing for decades, a Jacob Lawrence painting surfaces in response to a Met exhibition

A visitor makes the connection between the artist’s Struggle series and a work in a neighbour’s home

Interview
Exhibitions

Cecily Brown: ‘I’m trying to understand what England means to me’

With her delayed show now open at Blenheim Palace, the British-born painter explains that she is as likely to be inspired by childhood comics as historic battle scenes

David Hockney

‘I transformed it’: watch David Hockney’s painting process by the side of a Yorkshire road

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist shows his en plein air painting style

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Gauguin and the Impressionists at the Royal Academy of Arts

The London exhibition has many highlights, but viewing this long-planned show is unlike anyone could have envisaged before the coronavirus pandemic

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Books

New biography highlights how Philip Guston risked his art-world standing and livelihood

The book by Robert Storr delves into the American painter's dealings with Klansmen and how he wanted “to make paintings you couldn’t count money in front of”

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Exhibitions

Sanford Biggers show will highlight the unlikely role played by quilts in helping slaves flee to free states

Retrospective at the Bronx Museum in New York will also include the artist's mandala pieces

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Auctions

Shipwrecked, disinherited, imprisoned, accused of being a Gunpowder Plotter: Tudor adventurer’s portrait hits the block

Portrait thought to be of Thomas Arundell is to be auctioned at Woolley & Wallis this week

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Exhibitions

Major Francis Bacon show to explore how animals fuelled artist's fascination with flesh

The exhibition Francis Bacon: Man and Beast at the Royal Academy of Arts in London next year will include the artist's final work—a painting of a bull

Podcast

A brush with... Rashid Johnson

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Richard Tuttle to Sun Ra

Podcast

A brush with... Chantal Joffe

An in-depth podcast conversation on the painter’s big influences, from Chaim Soutine to Anne Sexton

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Racism in the art world

Paint names like 'Flesh Tint' are racially biased says UK fine art supplier

Jackson’s says it is campaigning to help dismantle “exclusionary culture” that privileges caucasian skin tones as the "default"

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Books

New Orientalists: a thoughtful book on the rise and decline of Western artists in the Middle East

There is plenty to enjoy in this account of a group of travelling painters who were not only accomplished but also determined, brave and hardy

Podcast

A brush with... Jenny Saville

An in-depth podcast conversation on the painter’s big influences, from Michelangelo to Cy Twombly

David Hockney

Attracted to the uncaptured: David Hockney on how he chooses his subjects

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist discusses what the scenes of Yorkshire and California have in common

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Restitution

‘I had lost hope’: The story behind a Nazi-looted Madonna and long-delayed compensation to Jewish heirs

The 93-year-old heir Grete Unger Heinz recalls contemplating a Jacopo del Sellaio painting as a child in Vienna

David Hockney

'It engulfs everything': David Hockney on nature

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist discusses the woodland setting of one of his plein-air paintings

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Obituaries

Gaylord Chan—one of the last of a generation of Hong Kong Modernist painters—has died, aged 95

The artist was known for his brightly coloured abstract works, and as the founder of an art school that fostered a new generation of well-known artists

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Book Shorts

A catalogue demonstrates Boucher’s mastery of the 'Chinese' taste

The essays in this book investigate the many facets of this extraordinary 18th-century fashion

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Book Shorts

The relationships of artists and their gardens are well illustrated in this book

Gardens have inspired artists in many ways, not least directly in the case of those who painted their own plots, as this new book shows

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Conservation & Preservation

Gainsborough's newly restored Blue Boy awaits the end of lockdown

Closed by coronavirus, Huntington Library posts online video reflecting on 18-month conservation treatment of dazzling portrait

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Book Shorts

Degas’ love of the Paris opera house is brought to the fore in this catalogue

The artist used a variety of devices to explore the interior of the Opéra Garnier throughout his career

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Conservation

New secrets of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring to be revealed online next week

Mauritshuis museum's detailed technical examination uncovers new findings on the Dutch artist's brushwork, pigments and technique

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Book Shorts

The art of ceilings and domes—a book on where to see them

Almost a travel guide, this publication illustrates the great art to be found around the world, so long as you look up

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Book Shorts

This book makes an arresting argument for the foundations of modern art

The Hamburger Kunsthalle’s exhibition catalogue groups Tiepolo, Fragonard and Goya as forerunners of Modernism

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Books

Despite its 'hybrid' approach, the Met's catalogue on French painting lacks detailed analysis

When used together, the New York museum’s print catalogue and supplementary website on their 18th-century French works make an excellent initial resource but offer little new information

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Tefaf Maastricht 2020

Can you teach an Old Master fair new tricks?

While auction houses are more aggressive and newer works dominate the global market, Tefaf’s exhibitors remain resolute

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Conservation

Both sides now: Tate Britain to show rare two-faced painting by Aubrey Beardsley

British illustrator’s only known paintings—on front and back of the same canvas—will be displayed for the first time in new exhibition

Review
Books

The case is made for connoisseurs and their role in art history

The practice of connoisseurship, which, the author Frédéric Elsig argues, is a skill that can be learned, is examined in relation to 15th-and 16th-century painting

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Exhibitions

Léon Spilliaert’s doom and gloom to light up the Royal Academy of Arts

The first major UK show will include 80 works by the little-known Belgian artist who has always "escaped easy categorisation"

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Book Shorts

This little book will help the Scottish Colourists find further fame south of the border

Well known between the two World Wars, the four French-trained artists are slowly coming back into critical attention

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Nazi loot

German court rules in favour of Nazi-looted art database, although owners say a listing makes works unsellable

Lostart.de is caught between the conflicting demands of claimants and the holders of disputed art

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Exhibitions

Tate Britain presents the lesser-known British Baroque stars

The first exhibition to explore the style associated with mainland Europe will aim to show that it did exist in the UK—even if most painters were foreign

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Auctions

Sale prices soar past estimates at auction of decorator Mario Buatta's estate at Sotheby's

Christie's also holds its own at an auction of American furniture and folk art

Review
Book Shorts

The testimonies of 100 artists to the lasting influence of Mies van der Rohe on their work are compiled in this book

Well selected illustrations make clear the connections between the architect’s work and those of contemporary artists

Review
Books

Redefining Botticelli—from Post-Modernism to soft porn

Does putting the Renaissance artist's work in a modern context enhance or diminish his art?

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Books

A neuroscientist's view: how Bacon's paintings shake up the nervous system

Publication focuses on what neuroscience and psychology bring to the table with the late artist's works

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Discoveries

Stolen 'Klimt' found hidden in a wall will take a month to authenticate, officials say

Gardener discovered the painting behind a metal plate on an exterior wall at Italy's Ricci Oddi gallery

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Conservation & Preservation

Science illuminates art in Detroit’s celebration of Bruegel’s The Wedding Dance

Conservators discover that the 1566 painting was once bluer and revisit the exposure of the notorious codpieces

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Conservation & Preservation

Weaver uncovers hidden patterns beneath Old Master paintings

For artisan Helena Loermans, uncovering the intricate weaves of artists' canvases is like “a detective story”

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Conservation & Preservation

Conserving canvas: from tear-mending to 'mist lining’, conservators share their techniques

Hundreds gather as the Getty convenes the first major international conference on the issue in 45 years

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Discoveries

Conservator discovers secret scrawls hidden beneath Derek Jarman painting

Pleasures of Italy canvas on show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin throws light on late activist’s lovers and interests

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer on why size matters

On the podcast, we speak to the German artist about his new works inspired by String Theory, now on show at White Cube in London

Review
Book Shorts

A Southern belle with a range of painterly styles is bought to the fore in this thorough book

Dusti Bongé was an artist who lived and worked in the Deep South and who was a versatile, if little known, artist

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Exhibitions

Lucian Freud's self-portraits sure to pack a punch in London show

The artist’s altercation with a cab driver produced one of many revealing paintings being exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts

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MoMA expansion 2019

'Art history isn’t the neat package you think it is': first look at MoMA's $450m expansion

How the New York museum has remixed its unrivalled collection ahead of its 21 October re-opening

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Frieze London 2019

Frieze returns to safe haven of painting amid threat of recession and political instability

Traditional medium is back in fashion amid looming Brexit

Analysis
Albert Oehlen

How to buy an...Albert Oehlen

With three separate shows of his work taking place in London during Frieze Week, the German artist's market is heating up

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Books

Titan of Turin: Italy's greatest interior decorator receives definitive scholarly book

Bertrand de Royere provides a thorough examination of the life the 19th century decorator and furniture designer Pelagio Palagi

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Book Shorts

Not all about nudes: volume uncovers new area of Lucian Freud’s work

Best known as a portrait painter, the artist was also fascinated by plant life

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Exhibitions

Beyond the Metaphysical: Milan show aims to reassess Giorgio de Chirico's late period

Major survey at Palazzo Reale will include his "most difficult" works as well as early pieces that inspired the Surrealists

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Conservation & Preservation

Probing nine paintings, conservators in Amsterdam unlock Chagall’s secrets

Research project at the Stedelijk Museum sheds light on some of the artist’s techniques

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo at the Louvre: an exclusive first look at this year's biggest blockbuster

We reveal the research and science behind the monograph exhibition exploring the Renaissance painter's artistic evolution

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Environment

Jeppe Hein's ‘breathwork’ is headed to the United Nations headquarters

The project will be launched on the heels of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York

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Exhibitions

From blasphemer to bookworm: Paris show reframes Francis Bacon's later works

Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou focuses on the artist’s post-pope period, which has received less critical examination

Review
Book Shorts

The first book on official Australian art and artists in the First World War explains how the national collection was made

The aim of Australian government’s war art scheme was to prioritise first-hand representations of the conflict

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Restoration

Monumental Veronese painting—once cut into 32 pieces by Austrian soldiers—to undergo fourth restoration

Work on the battle-scarred 39 sq. m Papal feast scene, housed in a monastery in Vicenza, should be completed by early 2021

Podcast

Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks

We revisit our exclusive interview with the British artist. Plus, expert Martin Gayford tells us about Hockney, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others in post-war London

Review
Book Shorts

This book of essays explores the varieties and definitions of Islamic art

The authors ask “What is Islamic about ‘Islamic’ art?”

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Museums

Art Gallery of Ontario acquires a Caillebotte after long legal struggle

A government grant for works of importance helps to block departure of the painting from the country

Interview
Politics

Drawing with the ashes of Isis-ravaged buildings: Piers Secunda on the art of destruction

Artist’s works on iconoclasm in Mosul are currently on show at the Imperial War Museum in London

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Exhibitions

More great Danes: new Copenhagen show expands Denmark's Golden Age

Works from the 19th-century helped construct a national identity in Denmark that is ripe for discussion now, says curator

Review
Books

The scientific brotherhood: Pre-Raphaelite art put under the microscope

The Victorian artist group explored the connections between art and scientific observation to enhance art’s moral purpose

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Exhibitions

In highly personal portraits, an artist speaks up for his native Baltimore

Painted before Donald Trump disparaged the city, Derrick Adams's new works celebrate family life there

Review
Book Shorts

The travel books of Eugène Delacroix have now been translated into English

These notebooks reveal how the artist discovered the "real" Orient in North Africa and southern Spain and adjusted his paintings accordingly

Review
Books

Fit for a king: book lays out the vast scale of the Orléans collection

The second Duke of Orléans’ assembly of his famous art collection may have been a covert preparation for seizing the throne of France

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Attribution

Hidden number discovered in conservation helps reveal painting is from Titian's workshop

Part of the Wellington Collection in London, the picture was originally believed to be by a minor north Italian artist

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Exhibitions

Winslow Homer beach paintings—cut in half after a bad review—reunited for Cape Ann Museum show

Exhibition of marine paintings will be joined later this month by a survey of the artist's Civil War illustrations at Harvard Art Museums

Review
Book Shorts

This book gives a first-hand account of Second World War art and propaganda

A vivid account of the art arising from the experiences of the artist, George Plante

Blog
The Buck stopped here

The gadflies and the gifted: Johnny Dewe Matthews and Andrew Logan at Roche Court

Johnny Dewe Mathews on his exhibition of 1970s photographs at New Art Centre