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I’m a writer, mainly about art and jazz. I am currently the art critic for The Spectator magazine, and also contribute to many other publications. My most recent book is Rendez-vous with Art, co-authored with Philippe de Montebello, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. My other books all scrutinize the working process of great painters: nine weeks in the life of Vincent van Gogh, seven years of John Constable’s romance with his wife-to-be, around 250 hours which I spent sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud, a series of dialogues exploring painting, landscape, space, time and perception with David Hockney, and a biography of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

 

New Book

Rendez-vous with Art

 Available from Thames & Hudson

RVWA