Richard Shone


Into the limelight

The online accessibility of British population censuses has resulted in an outpouring  of ‘who and how we were’, keeping amateur…

One of many versions of Mont St-Victoire

The sage of Aix

Paul Cézanne, though hailed by Pissarro as ‘the genius of the future’, was never recognised as one in his lifetime, says Richard Shone


The past is another city

This absorbing book is — in both format and content — a much expanded follow-up to the same author’s very…


Oh brother!

Long in the writing, deep in research, heavy to hold, this is the latest of umpteen biographies of Vincent van…


A lightning tour

In her foreword to this short study of Virginia Woolf,  Alexandra Harris writes that ‘it is meant as a first…


Painting the town together

This book recounts a terrible story of self-destruction by two painters who, in their heyday, achieved considerable renown in Britain and abroad.

The optimism of a suicide

A postal strike would have been a disaster for Van Gogh.

From worthless to priceless

The Ultimate Trophy: How Impressionist Painting Conquered the World, by Philip Hook


Richard Shone on Leonard Woolf

The large garden at Monk’s House, Rodmell, in Sussex

The calm and solid Cubist

The personalities of only a handful of artists are known to the public at large. Most live on through their…

The painter properly portrayed

We are continually told that biography is the dominant literary expression of the age, that Britain, in particular, is a…

The girl who played Ophelia

‘A truly extraordinary achievement,’ trumpets A. N. Wilson on the jacket of this book. In a sense, of course, he…

Verdict as open as ever

Readers of the thrillers of the American writer Patricia Cornwell will find elements of her new book familiar but others…