A revival in figurative art and the changing face of portraiture
Privileged images: the photography of Jacques Henri Lartigue
How Jan van Eyck changed the trajectory of Western art
Based on the impulse to look at everything afresh, Modernist photography could not help but deliver a jumble of perspectives, on both sides of the Atlantic
“Across the Western world, friends and families have fallen out over their diverging views on the populism that has flourished in the past two decades”
“Whether it’s the shadow government or the global elite, if it’s not one sinister cabal intent on taking over the world, then it’s another”
As far as Rev Gilpin was concerned, he would have to rearrange Nature in his sketchbook until she became, in his approving term, “Picturesque”
How would you complete this sentence? “I am . . .” Did you say “a journalist/lawyer/doctor” or “adventurous/intelligent/intellectually curious”? Or did you say “I am Arthur’s mother” or “Emily’s Dad”?
Can the Recherche be adapted and remain Proust? And should it really be seen as therapy?
Søren Kierkegaard’s reflections on worry are useful reading for those in lockdown
The ornithologist W.H. Hudson sought wilderness in the city. It is as if he was writing for us today
“Complete solitude” in a remote Norwegian village led to the most productive time of his life
Louis de Funès may be France’s most beloved actor. The choice tells us a lot about those who love him
Having stolen a Klimt masterpiece, the Nazis could only show it if they hid the Jewish identity of its subject
A new thriller set in late-Stalinist Soviet Union has alarmed Russian authorities
A psychologist and sex therapist wonders where E.L. James’s celebration of sadomasochism comes from and what it means for human relationships
Commemorating those lost in the pandemic has not been possible.
But we can mourn through music
Does the idea of the composer covertly commenting on totalitarianism improve his music?
A single body of work, such as the piano concertos, can provide an inexhaustible spring of delight
A celebration of Sufi sounds in Rajasthan offers much to treasure
‘Vast swathes of the television production community stopped working overnight. Any television show involving camera crews, studio audiences, the general public, travel, or proximity of any kind, was, at best, postponed indefinitely; at worst, cancelled outright’
Hollywood lacks the wit and the will to convey the complexities of the secret world
A film about the the Holodomor’s exposure should prompt debate on the famine-denialist Walter Duranty
Jewish boys who survived the Holocaust recall their time in a charmed Italian villa
A delicate ecosystem has been disrupted. The effects are dire
Hard times on stage—and off it
Tom Stoppard’s roots and Caryl Churchill’s dystopia
The National finds a niche in staging literary adaptations while Shakespeare returns to school in the Donmar’s Teenage Dick