Laura Cumming is art critic for the Observer. Previously, she was Arts Editor for the New Statesman and Arts Producer for the BBC.
`Deserves a place of honour on every art lover's shelf...Tenderly, creatively written, jargon- and waffle-free, the book wears deep learning with an unaffected grace but touches...on truths beyond the protocols of art criticism.' Boyd Tonkin, Independent
`Intelligent, humorous, swinging freely between erudition and colloquialism. I immediately found myself at home in this book, feeling as though I'd been reading and thinking about this subject all my life.' Jonathan Coe
`Positively fizzes with ideas; just about every single paragraph contains a fresh observation' Nick Hornby, Observer, Books of the Year
`A literary as well as an artistic triumph' David Cox, Evening Standard, Books of the Year
`Laura Cumming combines great clarity of style with a wide range of taste. All aspiring critics of any art form should take a look at how much she can say in a short space.' Clive James
`A beautiful and intriguing book...though Cumming's book is stacked with visual masterpieces, it is her writing that most claims admiration. She notices every detail in a painting, the way a carpet folds, the varying textures in a dog's fur, and registers them with a poet's precision...she relies on keen observation, linguistic power and lots of knowledge. It adds up to the most enjoyable art book I have read for years' John Carey, Sunday Times