Essex man who left his mark

Edward Bawden’s versatility has  masked his huge contribution to 20th-century British art

The unknown Americans

US artists of the interwar years can at last be appreciated in a revealing Oxford exhibition

The man who set himself in stone

Murillo has gone out of fashion but an exhibition of his portraits may help to restore his reputation

The eye homes in — he homes out

Andreas Gursky’s disquieting yet sublime photographs form the first show at the refurbished Hayward

Nifty shades of grey

A new exhibition at the National Gallery displays an extraordinary range of monochrome works

The faces above and below stairs

Soutine’s hotel workers and Cézanne’s gardener feature in two London exhibitions of portraits

Old Spanish customers

Some of the Iberian treasures bought by Victorian collector John Bowes can now be seen in London

Hinterland of a Recluse

Jasper Johns is the J.D. Salinger of contemporary art, whose gnomic work defies easy categorisation

A vase by any other name

An exhibition lets us see objects from Matisse’s studio alongside the paintings he used them in

Interior Life Within The Interior

Vermeer tapped the same sources as his contemporaries, but his work had hidden depths

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"