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Robert Bevan and the Cumberland Market Group, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

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Van Gogh and the Colours of the Night, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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Though alphabetic in order, this reader-friendly guide to the National Gallery is unconventional in every other respect. Under "Comeback Queen", we find Delaroche's 1833 narrative painting "The Execution of Lady Jane Grey". Lost in the gallery's cellar for 50 years, it was enthusiastically received when resurrected in 1973.

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The portrait that Van Gogh did not want the world to see

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Gustav Klimt: the Tate's much-hyped new show reveals a painter who's all style and no substance

I should say, straight out, that I'm not an admirer, and later on I'll be being rude. But many people must be looking forward to this show. Since the great Art Nouveau revival of the 1960s, Gustav Klimt has become one of our favourite painters. Once his feasts of flesh and opulent decoration were a purely Viennese delicacy. Now The Kiss hangs on bedroom walls across the world.

Hughie O'Donoghue: The Geometry of Paths, James Hyman Gallery, London

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