Sotheby’s employees hanging the ‘Le Boulevard Monmartre, matinee de printemps’ by Camille Pissaro, at their showroom in central London, which was sold for £19.9 million, almost five times the previous record for a single work by the impressionist artist. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sotheby’s made its highest ever London sale yesterday with an auction of impressionist, modern and surrealist art, a day after rival Christie’s set a (...)

Detail from Sunset at Montmajour by Vincent Van Gogh. Photograph: Van Gogh Museum

A long-lost Vincent Van Gogh painting, the first full-size canvas by the Dutch master discovered since 1928, has been identified by the Dutch Van Gogh(...)

Life’s work: Miss O’Murphy d’après Boucher, from 1976. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

Micheal Farrell died in Cardet, in southern France, in 2000. For a long time he’d fought a cruel, exhausting battle with cancer, showing exceptional e(...)

At home: Henri Matisse in Nice in 1949. Photograph: Gjon Mili//Time Life/Getty

Henri Matisse, the son of a merchant family from cold, grey Picardy, in northern France, was pulled inexorably south by the promise of art and light. (...)

An estimated €43 billion was spent worldwide last year on fine art and antiques. The Irish public may have grown weary, sceptical or even, understanda(...)

A detail from  Elina Brotherus’s La Main. Photographs courtesy of Raccolta Della Fotografia Galleria Civica di Modena.

Does it matter what an artist looks like? Surely we should only care about the work they do. Yet we are usually very curious about appearances, perhap(...)