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Highlights, April 2004

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Jack Vettriano on Forain

A watercolour by John-Louis Forain inspires a rare interview and preview of a new work from Britain's most popular living artist

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Stage Designs

Laura Thatcher, Stage Manager of English National Opera on the illusion of theatre

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Goya: Portrait of Francisco Saavedra y Sangronis

Even exceptional artists have bad days. Art critic Robert Cumming on a work by Goya and two very different politicians

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Capturing Modern Life

Can fashion encapsulate the difference between absolute and ephemeral beauty? Nicola Harding on Constantin Guys and the Language of Dress

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Impressionist Dealers and Collectors

Rebecca Virag on the people who created markets for the works of Monet, Degas, Cézanne and Renoir

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Spontaneity and Intention

From private, personal works to grand designs - Stephanie-Suzanne Durante on Rubens' use of the oil sketch and its place as a work of art in its own right