Boyd Tonkin on the author, artist and Nobel laureate, 86 today
One of the internet's more bizarre artistic offerings
The ear is able to hear sounds through a microphone system
Splendour and Misery. Images of Prostitution 1850-1910 is a tour de force that has assembled scores of wonderful paintings by Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Derain, Picasso and many of their lesser-known contemporaries
Work is almost religious in the fervour of its making
First full-sized Van Gogh canvas discovered since 1928 was hidden in Norwegian attic
An expert on Vincent van Gogh has tracked down two “unknown” Sunflowers, and has revealed an image of the work destroyed in the Second World War never seen outside Japan.
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This Golden Age silk-weaver's workshop has been refashioned into a stylish guesthouse, says Sarah Gilbert
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has reopened after a seven-month renovation.
Antoni Tàpies was recovering from a lung infection in a mountain sanatorium during his late teens when he began reading the fiction and philosophy that would shape his later oeuvre. The year was 1942.
Museum finds secret work - on canvas it thought was worthless
Antoni Tapies was the most important Catalan artist of the 20th century. He was a self-taught painter and sculptor, his later works instantly recognisable for their stark contrasts of colour, incorporation of found materials and widespread use of written language and geometric symbols.
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