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Celia Paul is the least noisy portrait painter in oils imaginable. Her subjects - which usually tend to be relatives, close friends or herself - exist within a kind of religiose hush of rapt self-absorption.

Great Works: Sleeping by the Lion Carpet 1995-6 (228.6cm x 121.3cm), Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud Archive, Lewis Collection

Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal

The American painter R B Kitaj, long resident in London, left England in grief-stricken disgust after critics had panned his retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1994. He died at his last home in Los Angeles in 2007. This mini-retrospective at the ever enterprising Abbot Hall Gallery in Cumbria is the first extensive sighting of his works in Britain since his death.

Leading article: Humanity's champion

With the death of Lucian Freud, it is not just a towering artistic genius that the world has lost but someone who, in the words yesterday of his friend the art critic William Feaver, "stood up for humanity".

Lucian Freud: Artist widely regarded as the finest painter of the human form in the second half of the 20th century

A visit to Lucian Freud's house in Notting Hill was an unforgettable experience.

Freud model mourns artist's death

A former muse of artist Lucian Freud today expressed her sadness at the news of his death at the age of 88.

Lucian Freud, the man who revitalised the fine art of portraits, dies

Lucian Freud, sometimes called Britain's greatest living painter, relinquished that title yesterday with his death at the age of 88. But it is likely he will continue to be known as one of the finest artists of any age.

Paintings in the post

Hundreds of Christmas cards created by Britain's best artists are kept in the Tate archive. Now, for the first time, these first-class designs are available to buy

Redeeming Features, By Nicholas Haslam

The interior designer, journalist and socialite Nicky Haslam has met almost everyone who's anyone. (He must have inherited the knack from his parents: his dad was a friend of John Maynard Keynes and LS Lowry; his mum had a fling with JB Priestley). This memoir takes us from his childhood (polio left him bedridden for three years) and Eton schooldays to his triumphant entry into the glittering social citadels of London and New York.

Portraits of the artists: A rare glimpse into the photographic archive of John Deakin

Photographer John Deakin chronicled the twilight world of 1950s Soho and the original Brit Art stars who inhabited it. Now a rare glimpse of his archive recalls that extraordinary generation

Man With A Blue Scarf: On Sitting For A Portrait By Lucian Freud, By Martin Gayford

This is the true story of a man called Martin Gayford, art critic by trade, who sat for a portrait by Lucian Freud seven years ago, told by the man who sat for that portrait over hundreds of hours. It is told in the form of a diary, sitting by sitting, easily, conversationally, insightfully, with a delicate humour, often self-deprecating. The sitter worries about his own ageing, the folds beneath his chin. At one point Freud says: "If it really is like that, well, I'll use it." Gayford remarks that he never did find out what "it" was. Freud, slightly dismayingly for the sitter, relishes such exciting evidence of mortality.

Lucian Freud: L'Atelier Pompidou Centre, Paris

The naked truth behind Freud's work is irresistible, especially in France

Party!, New Art Gallery, Walsall

It is ten years since the New Art Gallery in Walsall opened its doors beside the Walsall Canal. (You can see a narrow boat drawn up beside the café's window as you bite down on a panini.) Would this splashy, handsome gallery help to give a new vitality to this small Black Country town? Could there be a mini-Bilbao effect in the making? Ten years on, things are looking pretty good – there were 6,000 visitors during half-term week; kids seem to be dragging their parents back for a second look – and it's evidently time for a show on the theme of non-stop partying.

A Freudian slip-up

As an exhibition in Paris aims to reconcile the French with Lucian Freud, Michael Glover wonders whether the curators may be laying their vision of the artist on a bit thick
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