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Mary Fedden: Painter hailed late in her career for her landscapes and still lifes

Mary Fedden was an artist whose exquisitely executed paintings often take the form of a hybrid between a still life and a landscape. In these, a group of objects fruit, glasses, bottles, even cats – are depicted in fine detail in front of a striking background scene. These intriguing combinations illustrate the depth of vision, both in a figurative and literal sense, which Fedden portrayed in her work.

Scraps of paper? No, they're Matisse's last masterpiece

Previously unseen cut-outs by father of modern art donated to museums by his family

LeRoy Neiman, above left, with the boxer Bernard Hopkins

LeRoy Neiman: Artist whose brash style was perfect for the sports subjects he loved to paint

LeRoy Neiman was an artist whose paintings are immediately recognisable for their dynamic subjects and brash primary colours, often executed in household enamel paint.

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

I’m dragging my damp feet a little on the way to the Royal Academy’s 244th Summer Exhibition: I don’t tend to enjoy seeing those beautiful galleries stuffed ceiling-high with thousands of uninspired animal paintings, still lifes and landscapes, and I find the show’s lack of engagement with new media (if we can still even call it that) borderline perverse.

Album: Paul Buchanan, Mid Air (Newsroom)

There are few surprises for Blue Nile fans on this first solo album from singer Paul Buchanan, save perhaps for the general mood of stability: even the emotional turbulence sketched in “Wedding Day” is recollected in tranquillity.

Great Works: My Room at the Beau-Rivage 1917-18 (73cm x 61cm) by Henri Matisse

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

Roy Lichtenstein's 'Drowning Girl' from 1963

Tate gives a big show to Roy Lichtenstein

The Tate Modern will next year stage the first major UK exhibition devoted to Roy Lichtenstein in 20 years, its most comprehensive retrospective of the celebrated pop artist. The exhibition, which opens next spring, will bring together 125 of the artist's definitive paintings and sculptures.

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ which Sotheby’s are selling in New York

What does the future hold for The Scream?

If you could put a price on anticipation, the sum being conjured in the auction room of Sotheby's in New York last night was $80m, though it wasn't just about the punters with paddles stretching all the way to the back. Pay attention also to the buyers at the end of phone lines in Dubai, Moscow or Hong Kong.

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ which Sotheby’s are selling in New York

Edvard Munch's Scream goes on show in London

The only privately-owned version of Edvard Munch's classic masterpiece The Scream has gone on show in London for the first time before it is sold at auction in New York.

Pablo Picasso - La Lecture: £25.2m

Do I hear a billion? Sotheby's sales surge as art market bucks downturn

It might seem like everything is crashing down around us in Austerity Britain, but judging by the bumper-billion-pound sales figures disclosed by one London auction house, it appears now is the perfect time to cash in on those artistic masterpieces you've left gathering dust in your attic.

Great Works: Woman with Bicycle, 1952-3 (194.3cm x 124.5cm), Willem de Kooning

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Great Works: Woman with Bicycle, 1952-3 (194.3cm x 124.5cm), Willem de Kooning

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Robert Hoozee: Curator and noted expert on British art

The culmination of Robert Hoozee's long engagement with English Art, his enormously ambitious survey, British Vision, would eventually assemble over 300 works at the museum he directed in Ghent in the winter of 2007-08. The late Tom Lubbock, writing in The Independent, hailed it as "this ground-breaking, must-see exhibition"; in the TLS, Julian Bell called it "the most startling and exhilarating account of British Art anyone is likely to see for a long time".

World's most prolific art forger 'just did it for fun'

The convicted "hippie painter" behind Germany's most spectacular art-forgery scandal has revealed that he faked the works of at least 50 famous painters over a career spanning decades and started because he wanted to "have fun, travel and meet women".

German painter forged masters' works to 'meet women and travel'

The so-called 'eternal hippie' sold faked works to auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's

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