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    1. February 14, 2017

      Degas to Picasso at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford — a connoisseur’s dream

      “I found my lessons in the city itself, among the small traders, the waiters in cafés. Around them hovered that...

    2. June 22, 2016

      Collectors who want the public to enjoy their treasures

      Most collectors keep their hoards hidden in their homes, in bank vaults or in storage. Not Christian Levett, a British...

    1. June 21, 2016

      Artists buying art: support, study or target practice

      Edgar Degas bartered his own works for them, Thomas Lawrence amassed more than 4,000 of them and Pablo Picasso used one...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      January 28, 2016

      Presenting Matisse's La Lecon de piano

      Gallery assistants pose with the painting ‘La Lecon de piano’ by Henri Matisse during a media preview of Impressionist...

    3. December 18, 2015

      Matisse and a collector’s whim

      “There is no use entering into a pissing contest with a skunk,” the director of the Philadelphia Art Museum complained...

    4. August 7, 2015

      From Africa to Asia, political frontiers are no barrier to art flow

      Exquisite 15th-century bronze figures from the kingdom of Benin were first exhibited in Europe as high art, rather than...

    5. June 17, 2015

      Henri Rousseau: Archaic Candour, Palazzo Ducale, Venice

      Henri Rousseau has been puzzling art lovers since he first came to attention at the Salon des Refusés in Paris in 1885....

    6. May 12, 2015

      ‘When the Curtain Never Comes Down’, American Folk Art Museum, New York — review

      When the Curtain Never Comes Down: Performance Art and the Alter Ego is a not-so-great title for an awesome exhibition...

    7. November 24, 2014

      Swiss museum accepts art hoard from son of Nazi dealer

      A Swiss museum has agreed to accept the controversial bequest of a collection of art masterpieces discovered in the...

    8. August 15, 2014

      ‘Henri Matisse: the Cut-Outs’ and Malevich, Tate Modern, London

      Tate Modern never looked more authoritative, or offered richer insights into the history of modern art, than it does...

    9. July 25, 2014

      ‘In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and Modernism in Paris, 1900-10’

      Today the works of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse fetch vast sums but, for several years at the beginning of the 20th...

    10. June 27, 2014

      More exhibitions, including Quentin Blake

      Henri Matisse: The CutOuts, Tate Modern, London Tate Modern’s most visually stunning, historically significant and...

    11. May 29, 2014

      Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

      Tate Modern’s most visually stunning, historically significant and emotionally gripping exhibition since Matisse...

    12. April 18, 2014

      ‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-outs’ on show at Tate Modern

      This is Tate Modern’s most visually stunning, historically significant and emotionally gripping exhibition since 2002’s...

    13. April 18, 2014

      Ukraine tensions cast shadow over art world

      The art world faces a nervous build-up to its crucial June auctions, amid concern that the fallout from the crisis in...

    14. April 4, 2014

      How Matisse and Picasso turned old age into art

      How Matisse and Picasso turned old age into art In March 1946 Pablo Picasso paid one of his fortnightly visits to see...

    15. March 27, 2014

      Art collector Gurlitt to return Matisse painting to heirs

      Cornelius Gurlitt, the art collector whose trove included some works looted by the Nazis, has instructed his lawyer to...

    16. March 21, 2014

      Veronese’s virtues in painting

      Grappling with his portrait of Greta Moll in 1908, Matisse demanded 30 hours of sittings to produce a likeness of the...

    17. January 3, 2014

      The List: the UK’s hottest tickets of 2014

      The new year promises a bumper crop of UK cultural highlights. Make a note and book early: these tickets will sell out...

    18. December 29, 2013

      Matisse: The Essence of Line, Marlborough Fine Art, London – review

      “I’m full of curiosity, as when one visits a new country. For I’ve never before advanced this far in the expression of...

    19. November 5, 2013

      Germans defend strategy over discovery of Munich art hoard

      Art rediscovered German authorities have defended their handling of the discovery in a Munich apartment of more than...

    20. June 27, 2013

      The art of collecting

      “The passion is so intense, it’s like a disease,” says Thea Westreich Wagner of her appetite for collecting art. She...

    21. May 12, 2013

      The Bay Area School Paintings, Thomas Williams Fine Art, London – review

      Richard Diebenkorn said he did not become a painter in order to be an Abstract Expressionist; rather he became an...

    22. March 15, 2013

      Packing a punch

      They are oversized, overwrought, over here – but too often they underwhelm. American paintings have invaded London this...

    23. March 13, 2013

      Networking finds a new connection

      Networking remains essential to career progression but it is evolving from canapes and the random exchange of business...

    24. February 24, 2013

      Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, London

      “Whaam!” (1963), a signature work in Tate’s own collection, makes a strong centrepiece for this powerful retrospective...

    25. December 30, 2012

      How do you top 2012?

      A fter the Olympic party of 2012, will 2013 be the year of the Olympic hangover? In the wake of four years of build-up,...

    26. November 23, 2012

      Morbid curiosities

      If some extraterrestrial being were to stumble into the Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition, it would think us a...

    27. November 9, 2012

      Still life force

      Samuel Peploe spent a lifetime striving to create the perfect still life. It was an unfashionable thing to do in the...

    28. November 7, 2012

      Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe, Brooklyn Museum, New York

      In the past few years, Mickaline Thomas’s work has taken a panther’s leap forward, from shallow, restrained portraits...

    29. October 24, 2012

      L’Art en Guerre, France 1938-1947, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris

      In occupied Paris in 1942, the Musée d’Art Moderne reopened its doors in the deco Palais de Tokyo with a display set to...

    30. September 14, 2012

      All about rarity value

      Peter Doig is in his London studio, surrounded by 30 canvases in various states of completion. One, at 2.5 x 3.5...

    31. July 31, 2012

      Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia, Philadelphia Museum of Art

      What could be more soothing to a metropolis beaten down by summer than a few radiant glimpses of Eden? In Gauguin,...

    32. July 23, 2012

      Flight and the Artistic Imagination, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

      Frustrated and earthbound humans have always envied the ability of birds to soar through the air. The notion of...

    33. June 22, 2012

      Last but not least

      It is a marker of the status of contemporary painting, of the seriousness with which it is treated, that a major...

    34. June 10, 2012

      Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery, London

      The Courtauld holds one of the UK’s most significant collections of drawings and has not shown the highlights among it...

    35. April 14, 2012

      Drawn to distraction

      Going round the quietly wonderful Matisse: Paires et Séries show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris I entertained a...

    36. January 14, 2012

      Old Masters: how Hockney and Viola put the new to ancient uses

      For certain connoisseurs, the phrase “digital art” provokes a groan. If your benchmarks are Leonardo, Rembrandt and...

    37. November 6, 2011

      David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York

      Even though he died in a car crash at 59, David Smith is among a tiny, golden group of artists who have enjoyed a late,...

    38. October 28, 2011

      The Inventory: Alex Katz

      The American artist Alex Katz, 84, is one of the world’s most influential living painters. His work can be found in...

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