William Cook

William Cook is a writer and journalist. He tweets at @williamcooknews.

The decline of Sir John Lavery’s reputation was undeserved

A delightful display of portraiture at the National Gallery

In an age when figurative art had fallen out of fashion, Watson fixed his gazed unerringly on the mystery of life as it is

In the final months of his life, the troubled artist achieved a brilliant and under-regarded new stage of expression

His paintings have greater depth than fashion has supposed

All over Europe traditional figurative art, particularly from the nineteenth century, is being shunted to the corners of museums — and eventually removed from view

A harried artist between the classical and the modern

Britain has never warmed to Rubens, whose finest works can be seen in Antwerp

How a modernist bogeyman became an Old Master

This exhibition at the Royal Academy revels in the artist’s versatility