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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.

Valerie Beston

Francis Bacon's loyal 'Miss B'

Focus: Is Kate Moss the new Mona Lisa?

The person who paid £3.9m for her portrait last week might be forgiven for thinking so. And style guru Stephen Bayley thinks he has a point. The supermodels of the 16th and 21st centuries are inscrutable, erotically charged - and unattainable

Visual Arts: The forgotten visual virtuoso

William Orpen Imperial War Museum London oooo9

Pregnant and stripped of glitz, Kate Moss by Freud valued at £3.5m

A union of high art and popular culture is set to make up to £3.5m. A portrait by Lucian Freud of the supermodel Kate Moss - almost unidentifiable in the early stages of pregnancy - is to be sold two years after it was completed.

Raj Persaud: We need to understand the mind of the terrorist

From a lecture by the psychiatrist, given at Gresham College in the City of London

Lucian Freud: The master painter

His desire for painting is undiminished at 81, as is his love of women and horses (he had nine children at the last count, but he's cut back on the gambling). He is Europe's greatest living artist - mysterious, glamorous, prolific, and not a little dangerous

Freud's art to hang with the greats

An historic art collection, which has been on display for the past 100 years, is being removed to make way for a major new exhibition by Lucian Freud, Britain's pre-eminent living artist.

Freud repressed his personality's artistic side

From Lesley Chamberlain's speech given as part of centenary celebrations marking the publication of Freud's 'The Interpretation of Dreams'

THE 1990s IN REVIEW: VISUAL ARTS - Who wants to be a YBA? They do

Damien Hirst has a lot to answer for; artists are bigger than ever. By Charles Darwent

Art: Private View - Prunella Clough to 26 Sept Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

Looking back at the recent history of British art, there are a few artists who stand out for the depth and constancy of their contribution over the last 50 years - artists who arrived on the scene in the immediate post-war years and who still seem to be making work that has a place in the modern world. Lucian Freud is one, Eduardo Paolozzi another - and so is Prunella Clough. She hasn't quite achieved the fame of some of her more celebrated contemporaries, but she's well loved and deservedly respected by her peers, and as time goes by she looks more and more a special figure. Not a major one perhaps, but one whose quiet, consistent approach sums up many of the best qualities of 20th-century British art.
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