Painting

Why do British galleries shun the humane, generous art of Ruskin Spear?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Where do you see paintings by Ruskin Spear (1911–90)? In the salerooms mostly, because his work in public collections is…

Ethereal and allusive, all nuance and no schmaltz: Helen Frankenthaler, at Dulwich Gallery, reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

In 1950 the 21-year-old painter Helen Frankenthaler, fresh out of college, went to an exhibition at New York’s Betty Parson’s…

This radical Nativity is also one of the great whodunnits of art history

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Martin Gayford on a radical Nativity that is the subject of one of the great whodunnits of art history

Ignore the wall text and focus on the magnificent paintings: Tate Britain's Hogarth and Europe reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

There are, perhaps, two types of exhibition visitor. Those who read the texts on the walls and those who don’t.…

His final paintings are like Jackson Pollocks: RA's Late Constable reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

On 13 July 1815, John Constable wrote to his fiancée, Maria Bicknell, about this and that. Interspersed with a discussion…

Albrecht Dürer was a 16th-century Andy Warhol

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Gossipy, amusing, a little vain, Albrecht Dürer was a 16th-century Andy Warhol, says Martin Gayford

The best podcasts to help you become a better painter

30 October 2021 9:00 am

There’s a great documentary film on Netflix at the moment about the late artist Bob Ross, he of the happy…

The frisky side of a classical master: National Gallery's Poussin and the Dance reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

In the winter of 1861, visitors to the Louvre might have seen a young artist painstakingly copying one of the…

The genius of Frans Hals

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Since art auctions were invented, they have served to hype artists’ prices. It can happen during an artist’s lifetime —…

Fortifying snapshot of the gardener’s year: Saatchi Gallery's RHS Botanical Art show reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Elizabeth Blackadder, who died last month at the age of 89, was probably the most distinctive botanical artist of our…

Glorious: Bernardo Bellotto at the National Gallery reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

What is the National Gallery playing at? Why, in this summer of stop-start tropical storms, is the NG making visitors…

Hugely pleasurable – a vision of summer: Jennifer Packer at the Serpentine Gallery reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

We need to talk about Eric. In Jennifer Packer’s portrait of her friend and fellow artist, Eric N. Mack sits…

Rich and strange: Eileen Agar at Whitechapel Gallery reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Heads turn, strangers gawp, matrons tut or look in envy. A man doffs his bowler hat knowing when he is…

Joan Eardley deserves to be ranked alongside Bacon and de Kooning

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Claudia Massie on the unjustly neglected artist Joan Eardley, who deserves to be ranked alongside Auerbach, Bacon and de Kooning

If you didn’t love Jansson already, you will now: Tove reviewed

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Tove is a biopic of the Finnish artist Tove Jansson who, most famously, created the Moomins, that gentle family of…

The magical art of boxer, labourer & sometime gravedigger Eric Tucker

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Artists’ estates can be a curse on a family. The painter dies, leaving the house stuffed with unsold canvases. What…

The art of government: what politicians’ paintings say about them

19 June 2021 9:00 am

What politicians’ paintings say about them

The Dickensian delights of London in lockdown

5 June 2021 9:00 am

I’m blessed by the fact that I live almost smack-bang in the middle of old London, a pebble’s toe punt…

An immensely rich show – though it consists of only two paintings: Rubens at the Wallace Collection reviewed

5 June 2021 9:00 am

‘When pictures painted as companions are separated,’ John Constable wisely observed, ‘the purchaser of one, without being aware of it,…

The world's first robot artist discusses beauty, Yoko Ono and the perils of AI

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries discusses beauty, Yoko Ono and the world’s disappointments with the first robot artist

Rodin was as modern as Magritte and Dali, but more touching and troubling than either

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Rodin’s studio at Meudon in the suburbs of Paris is huge and filled with light — a sort of combined…

The art of the asparagus

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Manet’s ‘Botte d’asperges’ are probably the most famous asparagus in the world. The artist painted the delicious white- and lilac-tinged…

It is impossible to imagine Henrician England except through the eyes of Hans Holbein

8 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Holbein redeemed a whole era for us from oblivion,’ remarks the author of a trilogy of novels set at Henry…

The high and low life of John Craxton

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Charm is a weasel word; it can evoke the superficial and insincere, and engender suspicion and mistrust. But charm in…

The bizarre art of Scottie Wilson deserves to be better known

8 May 2021 9:00 am

On eBay I have an alert set for ‘Scottie Wilson’. Nine times out of ten, it’s a diamanté Scottie dog…