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    1. December 4, 2014

      Artist Lucian Freud’s will illustrates the intricacies of secret trusts

      “I used to find death much scarier when I was younger,” the artist Lucian Freud once confided to a reporter. “I had more to...

    2. November 28, 2014

      Snapshot: the FT Seasonal Appeal 2014 Photography Auction

      Snapshot: the FT Seasonal Appeal 2014 Photography Auction This year’s FT Seasonal Appeal is in support of the charity...

    1. October 26, 2014

      The CEO fad for extreme exercise has gone too far

      Last week I spent some time with an entrepreneur I know. When I last saw him he was training for an Ironman, that...

    2. October 24, 2014

      A life with Lucian Freud

      Lucian Freud at work I first met Lucian in 1990 at his home in Holland Park. I had just started working for James Kirkman,...

    3. September 16, 2014

      Regrets: Jasper Johns, Courtauld Institute, London – review

      In the early 1960s, Francis Bacon commissioned the photographer John Deakin to photograph Lucian Freud. Deakin posed Freud...

    4. September 12, 2014

      My London: Wardour Street, by Sophie Fiennes

      My family moved to London in 1980, when I was 13 years old. We lived in Wandsworth, where it skirts suburbia, but from East...

    5. August 22, 2014

      Frank Auerbach, Tate Britain, London

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

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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,...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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,...

    30. 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,...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. February 3, 2012

      Displacement activity

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

    38. 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...

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