“Christ Mocked”, Cimabue – auction record!

Christ Mocked, (Cenni di Pepo) Cimabue, c 1240 – 1302.  Painted on wood – 26cm x 20cm (Detail) This rare tiny painting, part of a larger polyptych depicting the crucifixion of Christ, was sold at auction today (27 October 2019) for €24m, making it the most expensive medieval painting ever sold and ranking Cimabue amongst da Vinci, […]

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy: 20 July — 27 October 2019

Self-portrait, 1912 The UK’s first major exhibition devoted to the work of Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), one of Finland’s greatest 20th century artists who painted well into her 80’s, having been recognised as a child prodigy from the age of 11.  The exhibition features over 60 portraits, landscapes and still lifes, including a sequence of self-portraits which […]

Félix Vallotton – Painter of Disquiet. At the Royal Academy of Arts: 30 June — 29 September 2019

Red Peppers (Poivrons rouges), 1915.  Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Dübi-Müller Foundation, Photo © SIK-ISEA, Zurich   The UK’s first major exhibition of Félix Vallotton (1865 – 1925), Swiss / French painter and print maker, drawing together more than 80 paintings and prints, including portraits, landscapes and satirical prints.  Contemporary of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillardof, he is best known for his […]

BP Portrait Award 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery: 13 June – 20 October 2019

Imara in her Winter Coat – by Charlie Schaffer © Charlie Schaffer (detail) Charlie Schaffer (b.1992), winner of the BP Portrait Award 2019, painted the portrait over a period of four months.  The painting is of the artist’s friend, Imara. Here are the the 4 award winning portraits: FIRST PRIZE Charlie Schaffer Imara in her Winter Coat […]

Three Women Artists: María Berrío, Caroline Walker, Flora Yukhnovich at Victoria Miro: 7 June – 27 July 2019

María Berrío, Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope), 2019 (detail) In association with The Great Women Artists @thegreatwomenartists, the three artists featured are: María Berrío Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope) (detail), 2019, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice  Colombian  born and now living and working in New York, her works, crafted from layers of Japanese […]

Painting from Monet’s Meules (Haystacks) series sold at auction for $110.7m in May 2019

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) lived and painted within a few miles of his home in Giverny in Normandy for over 40 years until his death.  This is part of the Meules series of 25 landscapes in which Monet sought to capture the ever-changing light at different times of day and seasons and in different weather in the […]

A new Banksy (possibly!)

FROM THIS MOMENT DESPAIR ENDS AND TACTICS BEGIN   The new street painting – depicting a child planting a seedling and holding the Extinction Rebellion logo – is not a verified Banksy – but is almost certainly his latest work.  It appeared over the last night of the April 2019 London protest and has attracted […]

Long-lost Caravaggio masterpiece – London pre-auction viewing at the Colnaghi Gallery

Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes (c. 1607). Courtesy of Cabinet Turquin “There are only 65 of his paintings in the world, and I found the 66th painting in an attic” (Labarbe, Toulouse auctioneer) This second version of Caravaggio (Michele Angelo Merigi da Caravaggio, 1571 – 1610)’s Judith Beheading Holofernes  was discovered in a French attic in a Toulouse […]

Why is this painting (now) famous?

Архип Куинджи (Arkhip Kuindzhi)’s Ai-Petri. Crimea, painted between 1898 and 1908 . IT WAS STOLEN! ….   on Sunday, 27 January 2019 from the State Russian Museum, Tretyakov Gallery,  Moscow in full view of dozens of gallery visitors and staff. It was retrieved less than 24 hrs later hidden at a building site. A tall, blond male in […]

Pierre Bonnard – The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern until 6 May 2019

Pierre Bonnard Nu dans le bain 1936 Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris, France) Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), French post-impressionist and founding member of the avant-garde group Les Nabis, was one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century, capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his intense use of colour.  Bonnard did […]