Father and son: part of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting The Swing, and on the set of the Jean Renoir film A Day in the Country. Original photographs courtesy Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou

Freudians would have a field day with the film director Jean Renoir. His father, the impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was 53 when Jean was(...)

A detail from Gilbert Alexandre de Séverac’s Portrait de Claude Monet (1865). Courtesy of Musée marmottan Monet, Paris

Claude Monet left the Channel port town of Le Havre for Paris in 1859, at the age of 19. His father, a ship’s chandler, was dubious about young Claude(...)

One of the most expensive paintings sold at the Ganz auction was Picasso’s Women of Algiers, version O. It’s one of a celebrated series of 15 paintings Picasso made in the mid-1950s. In addition to “O,” the Ganz auction featured versions “M,” “H,” and “K.”

After a chance discovery, the grandson of a Jewish art dealer learned that a valuable painting he believed the Nazis had looted from his grandfather m(...)

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(...)

Women in the Garden: Claude Monet’s painting, seen here in detail, is dominated by the meticulously re-created summer dresses, with their high-waisted bodices and voluminous crinoline skirts. Photograph: Musée d’Orsay

It seems too much the result of the marketing department’s fantasies. With the possible exception of Sex, Violence(...)