Jane Rye

‘Ash tree in Winter, 2010–13

Patrick George: painting in all weathers in his nineties

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘If I see something I like I wish to tell someone else; this… is why I paint.’ Patrick George is…

Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Marianne Moore Photo: Getty

The mad, mum-fixated maiden aunt of modernism

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Marianne Moore’s poems are notoriously ‘difficult’ but her personality and the circumstances of her life are as fascinating today as…

Mysterious and powerful: ‘Event on the Downs’ (1934)

Paul Nash, by Andrew Causey - review

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Andrew Causey opens his book on a slightly defensive note: Paul Nash, he says is often identified as Britain’s outstanding…

The Undelivered Mardle: A Memoir of Belief, Doubt and Delight, by John Rogers — review

30 March 2013 9:00 am

This ‘wry soliloquy’, as Ronald Blythe calls The Undelivered Mardle in his introduction, is quite unlike anything else, although its…

Keith Vaughan - ‘Fishermen in Finisterre’, 1951

Tormented talent

8 December 2012 9:00 am

We know a great deal about Keith Vaughan both as a painter and as a man, from the journals he…


Lust for life

3 December 2011 10:00 am

Seduced by the hayseed hair and the Yorkshire accent it’s tempting to see the young David Hockney as the Freddie…


Strategies for survival

23 July 2011 12:00 am

This is an account of the multiplicity of ways in which men ‘stole back time from their captors through creativity’ in the prisoner-of-war camps of Europe and the Far East.

Champagne on dirty floorboards

30 January 2008 12:00 am

Jane Rye on William Feaver's biography of Lucien Freud


How others see us

31 October 2007 4:21 pm

Exhibitions 2: British Vision: Observation and Imagination in British Art 1750–1950


The measure of the man

5 September 2007 12:46 pm

Euan Uglow: The Complete Paintings
Catalogue raisonné by Catherine Lampert; Essays by Richard Kendall and Catherine Lampert


The Painters’ Painter

18 July 2007 1:44 pm

Roger Hilton: The Figured Language of Thought
by Andrew Lambirth

Nevertheless, the real thing

19 October 2006 11:18 am

It’s difficult not to warm to Mad Tracey from Margate (‘I like Tracey … I landed on my feet with…

The brilliant and the damned

21 January 2006 12:00 am

It would be a mistake to assume that this account of the work of one of the 20th century’s most…

Going to the country

8 October 2005 12:00 am

One and a half million children were evacuated from London and housed in the country in two days. The evacuee…

Pleasure without angst

18 December 2004 12:00 am

David Hockney is a conjuror who likes to explain his tricks, or, as one commentator put it, conducts ‘his education…

A fastidious disdain of poetry

14 August 2004 12:00 am

If William Coldstream (1909-87) was a dull painter, as he is sometimes thought to be, he was most certainly not…

From education to catastrophe

6 March 2004 12:00 am

‘I do feel the strongest urge to talk,’ confides the narrator when a chance meeting with the beautiful Olivia after…

A man who asked the right questions

3 January 2004 12:00 am

David Sylvester’s first ambition was to be a professional cricketer, and he possessed to the end that almost miraculous masculine…