William Cook

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

The expressionists breathed fresh life into familiar subjects

In Brussels, Surrealism lurks in the most unexpected places

In our brave new world of modern art, there’s a growing appetite for celebrating the mystery of the natural world

The great Belgian painter could enliven the most mundane scenes

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