Charles Darwent is the author of 'Mondrian in London' and 'Josef Albers: Life and Work'.

Paula Rego studio

‘The meekest person can manipulate’ – a tribute to Paula Rego (1935–2022)

The Portuguese-British painter told stories of parental abandonment, misogyny and exile with a power that put her in a class of her own

10 Jun 2022
Detail of Trafalgar Square by Piet Mondrian

Off the grid – the side of Mondrian you’ve never seen

A completely overlooked painting, left out of the artist’s catalogue raisonné, makes the case for an unexpectedly messier and much more interesting career

30 May 2022

Lines of control – the story of Jackson Pollock’s drips

The American painter may be famed for a chaotic approach, but in reality he had complete command of his materials – and he owed his technique to a printmaker

28 Apr 2022
Carmen Herrera in her studio in 2015.

It’s time to judge Carmen Herrera’s extraordinary work purely on its own terms

The artist may have been unsung for many years before critics and the market caught up, but her work was a wonder right from the start

18 Feb 2022

‘Her canvases breed uncertainty from certainty’ – the art of Carmen Herrera

Still working at the age of 105, the Cuban-born artist has had an unusually long career – and the results repay close attention

7 Oct 2020
Laren Landscape with October Sun (1910), Jan Sluijters. Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.

Dutch courage – Jan Sluijters, Holland’s little-known modernist

After flirting with Fauvism and other French modes in Paris, the painter brought home a dazzling palette – only to bottle it later on

27 Mar 2019