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Art historian, critic, novelist, artist. Author of How To Read Paintings: https://www.chrisjoneswrites.co.uk/how-to-read-paintings/

It’s like meeting up with old friends

Detail of ‘The Supper at Emmaus’ (1601) by Caravaggio. National Gallery, London. Source Wikimedia Commons


A painter whose technique influenced a generation

The Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses) (c. 1900–1906) by Paul Cezanne. Source Wikimedia Commons


A beautiful and mysterious depiction of a captive bird

The Goldfinch (1654) Carel Fabritius. Oil on panel. Mauritshuis Museum, The Hague, Netherlands. Image source Mauritshuis, The Hague


Artworks that opened up new ways of experiencing the world

IKB 191 (1962), monochromatic painting by Yves Klein. Source Wikimedia Commons

Twittering Machine by Paul Klee (1922)


Useful tips for approaching a work of art

Portrait of a man (1630–1633) by Frans Hals. Image Source Wikimedia Commons

Size matters


How this painting treads a fine line between eroticism and chastity

Danaë and the Shower of Gold (1621–1623) by Orazio Gentileschi. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Image source J. Paul Getty Museum (open access)


Feeling first, analysis second

Photo by Pauline Loroy on Unsplash


Parisian nightlife gloriously captured

At the Moulin Rouge (1892-95) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Oil on canvas. Art Institute Chicago, US. CC0 Public Domain Designation. Image source


Seduction and death in this dangerous masterpiece

Judith and the Head of Holofernes (1901) by Gustav Klimt. Oil on canvas. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna. Image source Wikimedia Commons


Learning to draw (with Van Gogh)

The Carrot Puller (1885) by Vincent van Gogh. Black chalk on cream paper. Art Institute Chicago. Image source Art Institute Chicago (open access)

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