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Highlights, April 2004

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

Stage Designs

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

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

Capturing Modern Life

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

Impressionist Dealers and Collectors

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

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