Van Gogh's 'Two Peasants Digging'
©Stedelijk Museum

Van Gogh at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons

Jackie Wullschlager on how the 25-year-old Vincent van Gogh — then an itinerant preacher — discovered his artistic style among the poor of southern Belgium

©Niko Luoma

Snapshot: ‘Variations On A Standard Space’, by Niko Luoma

The photographer has been working on a series of striking abstract images composed through the repeated exposure of a negative to light

Lost, found and fought over

Claimant for pensioner’s treasures; dismal Old Masters in New York; Sotheby’s raises premiums

Rare Mbembe art at New York’s Metropolitan Museum

For 500 years the people of southeastern Nigeria created startling and mysterious wooden carvings

Gallery technicians at Sotheby's Bond Street get ready to exhibit five Monet's with a value in excess of £70 million which are coming up for auction on the 3rd February. Photograph: Rosie HallamGallery technicians at Sotheby's Bond Street get ready to exhibit five Monet's with a value in excess of £70 million which are coming up for auction on the 3rd February. Photograph: Rosie Hallam
©Rosie Hallam/FT

Monet paintings to go under the hammer

Five works by Impressionist master to be auctioned by Sotheby’s

Da Vinci’s ‘Earlier Mona Lisa’ on view in Singapore

Auctioneers post a record year; Singapore fair action; Churchill hammered again

Annie Leibovitz in detail

The photographer has moved away from celebrity portraits to explore the power of detail

Great museums cannot rely on the state

Revolution in leadership required at UK’s leading galleries, writes Bendor Grosvenor

©Nadia Sablin

Snapshot: ‘Aunties’ (2008-14), by Nadia Sablin

The photographer details the daily routines of two aunts, unmarried and in their seventies, who live off the land in a village in northwest Russia

The Hermit and the Sleeping Angelica
©Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Rubens: imperfections of the flesh

The Old master’s influence on later artists is the thrust of the Royal Academy’s new show but its focus is badly misjudged, writes Jackie Wullschlager

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