Frida Kahlo (X2)

June 1, 2005

Published in the June 2005 edition of Modern Painters Icon. Muse. Celebrity. Frida Kahlo is now considered by many to be the best female painter of the twentieth century, and a woman whose personal story is so persuasive that Hollywood […]


April 10, 2005

‘There’s nothing to be done but to live in and for yourself – today you’re a great genius – tomorrow they’ll despise you – it’s only natural.’ At the close of her first volume, The Unknown Matisse, Hilary Spurling left […]


March 10, 2004

Seven hundred paintings, nine hundred drawings, three hundred prints, two great mural cycles, and a number of lesser projects. Goya had the energy of a toreador, the endurance of a bull, and the enthusiasm of the crowd. The world was […]

Paul Johnson

March 10, 2004

Ruskin said, ‘Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts; the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art… of the three, the only trustworthy one is the last.’ Few of us nowadays […]