Children with low self-esteem could be harmed if they are lavished with too much praise by parents, study claims

Inflated praise can lead to kids retreating into their shell - and worry they will have to reach the same standard in future tasks

Great works: Self-Portrait in his Study, 1906, By Carl Moll

Various Viennese painters are currently showing themselves off in a brilliant show entitled Facing the Modern at the National Gallery, including this portrait by Moll

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Sunset at Montmajour by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is seen during a press conference at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Sunset at Montmajour critique: Nature is alive with motion in this magnificent Van Gogh failure

Work is almost religious in the fervour of its making

Sunset at Montmajour by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is seen during a press conference at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Sunset at Montmajour: 'Sensational' Van Gogh work discovered 20 years after experts rejected it as a fake

First full-sized Van Gogh canvas discovered since 1928  was hidden in Norwegian attic

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Important new discoveries about Van Gogh's 'unknown' Sunflower paintings revealed

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.

Photography book review: Printmaking in Paris, By Fleur Roos Rosa de Carvalho and Marije Vellekoop

In the years between 1890 and 1905, Paris witnessed a revolution in printmaking. Before this time, prints had primarily served reproductive or political ends, but, as the century came to a close, artistic quality became paramount, and printmaking blossomed into an autonomous art form.

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Art heist trial of six Romanians accused of stealing Picasso and Monet paintings adjourned

A court in Bucharest has opened and adjourned the trial of six Romanians accused of stealing seven famous pieces of art from a Dutch museum.

Vincent Van Gogh's 'The Fields (Wheat Fields)'

Did Vincent van Gogh commit suicide or was Dutch painter killed by an acquaintance?

Research experts reject claim in biography that artist was murdered by 16-year-old schoolboy

Old Master class: Vermeer's 'Milkmaid'

Simon Calder: A new encounter with Old Masters

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