Hermione Eyre is the author of a novel about Van Dyck in England, ‘Viper Wine’ (Jonathan Cape).

Chromatic (1932) Gluck. Private collection. Photo: Bridgeman Images

The messy reality of immaculate still lives

Rebecca Birrell’s absorbing book asks us to look beneath the surface of work by women artists – but perhaps a rose sometimes really is just a rose?

5 Nov 2021