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    Frank Auerbach, Tate Britain, London

    Few painters collect paintings by their contemporaries but when they do, the results are exceptional. Lucian Freud amassed...

  2. June 30, 2014

    Celia Paul, Victoria Miro, London – review

    Celia Paul paints her family and close friends, her spartan studio in London’s Bloomsbury, and the vista from it. With these...

  1. June 6, 2014

    Celia Paul, Victoria Miro, London

    Celia Paul’s still, meditative self-portraits and portraits, mostly of her four sisters, in gentle, free brushmarks and a...

  2. March 28, 2014

    ‘Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Art’, Edinburgh

    Titian at the Scottish National Gallery Speaking in 2001, Lucian Freud called Titian’s Diana paintings “simply the most...

  3. February 23, 2014

    Art and Optimism in 1950s Britain, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK – review

    How can an exhibition whose greatest works are by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and L.S. Lowry have the word...

  4. February 14, 2014

    Jasper Johns: ‘Regrets belong to everybody, don’t they?’

    On a bright but raw January day in Sharon, Connecticut, Jasper Johns turns the ignition key in his green Gator golf cart,...

  5. December 29, 2013

    A World of Private Mystery: John Craxton, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK – review

    For a few months in wartime London two 19-year-old artist friends shared a studio in the St John’s Wood area. Equal in...

  6. November 14, 2013

    Art worth £50m donated to UK to cut inheritance tax bills

    A portrait of John Ruskin by John Millais, a painting by Corot from the effects of Lucian Freud and letters by John Lennon...

  7. November 13, 2013

    Bacon’s $142m Freud triptych smashes auction record

    Christie’s record $142m Bacon sale A 1969 triptych by the Anglo-Irish artist Francis Bacon sold for $142.4m on Tuesday...

  8. FT Photo Diary

    October 10, 2013

    Freud triptych by Francis Bacon goes on view

    Dominic Lipinski/PA The triptych of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon, which has never been seen before in the UK, is being...

  9. October 4, 2013

    Lucian Freud and his complicated relationship with Vienna

    Writers on Lucian Freud like to compare his work, particularly his early graphic work, to German painting of the 1920s and...

  10. September 15, 2013

    Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK – review

    For three weeks in 1933, Albert Einstein, fleeing Nazi Germany for America, stayed in a beach hut near the Norfolk seaside...

  11. June 28, 2013

    The loyal family

    It was with great interest that I read about the father of a pop star who telephoned a music magazine recently to complain...

  12. June 28, 2013

    Arcadia of a moderniser

    Under the ultramarine sky of a sun-flooded afternoon in late May, Chatsworth is surely as close to Arcadia as Britain can...

  13. March 31, 2013

    Joan Eardley, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh – review

    Joan Eardley was born within a decade of Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach, and like them worked against...

  14. February 22, 2013

    Paula Rego: The Dame with the Goat’s Foot and Other Stories, Marlborough Fine Art, London

    A mother cradles her child accompanied by a quartet of handmaidens. In the background, a trustworthy gardener gazes into a...

  15. 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, and...

  16. December 14, 2012

    The old-new thing

    Artists have always looked to the past. Even the anarchic YBAs of the 1990s, with their unmade beds and their...

  17. October 19, 2012

    Cork Street goes pop

    Cork Street is to London’s art world what Savile Row is to tailors or Hatton Garden to diamond dealers. For nearly a...

  18. August 5, 2012

    Picasso & Modern British Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

    “What will painting do when I’m dead? It’ll have to walk over my body. There’s no way round.” Thus Picasso, shortly before...

  19. June 22, 2012

    Calculating Constable

    “The Lock” (1824), by John Constable, has been in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection since 1990. Purchased for £10.8m, it was...

  20. June 12, 2012

    Constable to spearhead summer series of auctions

    John Constable’s celebrated painting The Lock which held the record of the most valuable British painting ever sold at...

  21. May 25, 2012

    Artists talk

    Since 1963 – the year he met Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and R.B. Kitaj to persuade them to contribute to...

  22. May 11, 2012

    Art, chez Rothschild

    As our car sweeps up the twisting driveway of Waddesdon Manor, all is as it should be on an April morning in the heart of...

  23. March 30, 2012

    The naked eye

    Why do you paint women so ugly, Monsieur Degas?” a Parisian hostess once inquired. “Parce que la femme en général est laide,...

  24. March 26, 2012

    Island Stories, V&A/Famous in the Fifties, National Portrait Gallery, London

    Subtitled Fifty Years of Photography in Britain and timed to coincide with the V&A’s forthcoming British Design 1948-2012,...

  25. March 7, 2012

    Commerce and the arts need a truer love

    At Shakespeare’s Globe, on the south bank of the Thames, the cast gets a  horde of school pupils hopping to a rendition of...

  26. February 24, 2012

    The Art Market: Freudian grip

    Five years ago, virtually no Italian art dealers had a presence in London – or indeed in many cities outside Italy. But the...

  27. February 20, 2012

    Lucian Freud Drawings, Blain Southern, London

    If the National Portrait Gallery’s tremendous Lucian Freud exhibition is the public statement of the late artist’s...

  28. February 15, 2012

    Christie’s art sale hits post-2008 high

    The rare sale of a Francis Bacon painting depicting a full-figured female nude on a bed pushed sales at Christie’s Postwar...

  29. February 10, 2012

    The Art Market: Sales, resales and no sales

    It was a roller-coaster ride in this week’s Impressionist and Modern auctions in London. Christie’s kicked off on Tuesday...

  30. February 6, 2012

    Business folk can’t resist a gong

    Amid the fuss about Fred Goodwin being stripped of his knighthood, Notebook is reminded of the more exalted list published...

  31. February 3, 2012

    Displacement activity

    Exile is almost a condition of post-Renaissance art: the French classicists Poussin and Claude settled in Italy, Gauguin...

  32. January 7, 2012

    Christmas challenge 2011: the answers

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Life & Arts Christmas Challenge, published on December 24, and congratulations to Kathy...

  33. December 23, 2011

    Let us adore them

    It has been a year of surprises. The Spider-Man musical finally “opened” on Broadway, after 182 preview performances. Abu...

  34. December 9, 2011

    Bright lights, small island

    One exhibition has been screaming to be mounted in London’s Olympic year – the story of the most contested, relevant,...

  35. December 2, 2011

    A man of the wold

     Hockney: The Biography Volume 1 19371975, A Rake’s Progress, by Christopher Simon Sykes, Century, RRP£25, 363 pages David...

  36. November 25, 2011

    The art of conversation

    Sixty years ago, Francis Bacon’s “Pope I” shocked visitors at his first “exclusive” exhibition at the Hanover Gallery in...

  37. October 29, 2011

    Turbot power

    I took one look at this fish in the shop and was hooked. Most fish eaters will ultimately agree that the turbot is the king...

  38. October 28, 2011

    The Last of the Duchess, Hampstead Theatre, London

    Most stage productions have a designated moment a few minutes into the show at which latecomers are admitted. In the case of...

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