Hubert Robert: A Visionary Painter

Hubert Robert (1733-1808) is celebrated with a landmark publication and two major monographic exhibitions of his work, at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Celebrated for the fundamental role he played in promoting the architectural capriccio, Hubert Robert (1733–1808) combined famous monuments of antiquity and modernity in unexpected ways […]

Modern Art, After Dark

Your head is coated by a thick soup of black and green paint. A roughly smeared handprint of grey-blue smoke tarnishes your jaw while sharp flecks of orange, pale yellow and white sting your cheeks and eyes. A wave of red threatens to permeate the scene as you look up, enraged, at the dandified artist […]

Destination St Ives

Michael Bird discusses the unique position of the artists’ colony of St Ives within the history of modernist visual art in Britain. To coincide with several major exhibitions of St Ives artists’ work this summer Lund Humphries is offering special discounts on a wide range of publications on artists linked to this important location. For […]

Book of the Week: The Art of Peter Prendergast by Richard Cork

‘Struggle’ is a word which comes up a lot in The Art of Peter Prendergast, my Book of the Week. From the very beginning life seems to have been a struggle for artist Peter Prendergast. His father suffered the gruelling harshness of a miner’s life in the coal mines of South Wales, and the young Prendergast lived […]

Book of the Week: Barbara Rae, with texts by Gareth Wardell, Andrew Lambirth and Bill Hare

Scottish artist Barbara Rae (CBE RA RSA RSW RGI) is a constant presence in the shop of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, a corner of which is permanently decked out with scarves, plates, bags and jewellery fashioned in her distinctive, bright colour-palette and semi-abstract patterned style. Her books are there too, including the first monograph on […]

An Author on Tour: Untold Tales Uncovered by Christopher Andreae

My book on Joan Eardley has generated a remarkable number of talks and book signings. People come up after the talks saying their great aunt bought two Eardley paintings when they could still be afforded or that they have inherited a small pastel that they would never part with. One Glaswegian told me how as […]

Book of the Week: Patrick Caulfield Paintings by Marco Livingstone

In the stairwell leading up to our London office there is a poster reproduction of Patrick Caulfield’s painting After Lunch (1975). It’s an image which I pass several times a day, reflecting on its title as I return to the office with my lunchtime sandwich. What kind of lunch has just been eaten by the painting’s now-absent diners? […]