John Russell (art critic)

John Russell (art critic)

John Russell CBE (22 January, 191923 August, 2008) was a British American art critic.

Life and career

John Russell was born in Fleet, Hampshire, England, in 1919. He attended St Paul's School (London)
St Paul's School
and then Magdalen College, Oxford.

He was an unpaid intern at the Tate Gallery in 1940, but moved to the country after the gallery was bombed. During World War II he worked in Naval Intelligence for the Admiralty. There he met Ian Fleming, who helped to secure Russell a reviewing position at "The Sunday Times". Russell succeeded a fired critic at "The Sunday Times" in 1950.

Art critic Hilton Kramer of the "New York Times" hired Russell in 1974. Russell was chief art critic there from 1982 to 1990.

Russell died at a hospice in the Bronx [ John Russell, Art Critic for The Times, Dies at 89.] ]


His books include:
* John Russell. "Matisse, Father & Son", Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1999, ISBN 0 81094378 6
*"The Meanings of Modern Art" (1981, 2nd revised edition 1992) [cite book | last=Russell|first=John | title=The Meanings of Modern Art | publisher=Thames & Hudson| date=1992|isbn=0500275734] and books on Seurat (1965) [cite book | last=Russell|first=John | title=Seurat (World of Art) | publisher=Thames & Hudson| date=1965 |isbn=0500200327] and Vuillard (1971) [cite book | last=Russell|first=John | title=Vuillard | publisher=Thames & Hudson| date=1971|isbn=0821202812] .

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