Richard Shone


Into the limelight

15 December 2012 9:00 am

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

20 October 2012 9:00 am

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

14 January 2012 12:00 pm

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


Oh brother!

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

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


A lightning tour

15 October 2011 12:00 pm

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


Painting the town together

2 June 2010 12:00 am

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

9 December 2009 12:00 am

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

From worthless to priceless

15 April 2009 12:00 am

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


Sinister levity of an all-seeing spider

28 November 2007 11:50 am

Richard Shone

Richard Shone on Leonard Woolf

13 December 2006 3:31 pm

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

The calm and solid Cubist

10 September 2005 12:00 am

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

The painter properly portrayed

12 February 2005 12:00 am

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

30 October 2004 12:00 am

‘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

9 November 2002 12:00 am

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