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Dan Gluckman - Product Lead | 14:42 UK time, Friday, 1 July 2011

There's a great lineup of TV on the BBC for lovers of paintings, as the BBC's 'Art Revealed' season starts later this month.

The season begins on Sunday 10th July when art critic Alastair Sooke explores the stories behind The World's Most Expensive Paintings on BBC One.

Then on Monday 11th July, art historian James Fox comes to BBC Four with British Masters, arguing that we have undervalued the quality and impact of the last century of British art.


Trones Wood, the Somme, France (Stanley, Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery)


In late July, Waldemar Januszczak will examine the more radical works of The Impressionists, in a three part series for BBC Two.

All three presenters will also be featuring on Your Paintings, with Guided Tours of the nation's art collection. You can already hear James Fox talk about a selection of paintings by the British Masters, and what it tells us about twentieth century Britain.

You can also hear Alastair Sooke talking about some of the best artists whose work you can see for free, in galleries and collections around the country.

Waldemar Januszczak's tour of the Impressionists is coming soon...


  • Comment number 1.

    Your article about Great War paintings states "The British Commander, General Alexander Haig, thought that the shelling would have weakened the Germans, and the battle would be short and decisive." The British CiC at the time was Douglas Haig. Alexander Haig was a much later US General.

    Read more about the first day on the Somme at

    WFA Website Editor

  • Comment number 2.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 3.

    Sorry to be picky once again but you also mention that nealy 60,000 were injured on 1 July 1916. I am unsure of the definition of injured here, but convention with these dreadful statistics dictates we use the term 60,000 "casualties", of which some 19,000 were killed on the day.

    Can I also add a clarification on your comment "after nearly six months fighting"? The battle was brought to a halt on 18 November 1916, after some four and a half months of terrible fighting.

    As ever, all the facts are available at and our team is more than happy to advise any researchers in verifying the details of these terrible episodes in our history.

    Thank you for showing the excellent paintings, much appreciated.

  • Comment number 4.

    @WFA Web Editor - thanks for your corrections - we have updated the Somme article.


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