I must confess that, as a lover of Impressionism, being invited to the opening of the Courtauld Impressionists ‘From Manet to Cezanne ‘ at London’s National Gallery which opens tomorrow 17 September was a definite must.
The exhibition is made up of two collections of art donated by Samuel Courtauld – those from the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House which is closed for 2 years for renovation, and that of the National Collection which Samuel Courtauld contributed to. The exhibition of over forty works does not include all of the paintings from either collection.
From ‘Manet to Cezanne’ traces the development of modern French painting from the 1860s to the turn of the 20th century. Arranged chronologically in 12 sections – each devoted to a different artist with a brief description about the artist includes the works of Renoir, Degas, Manet, Monet, Cezanne, and Gauguin. The exhibition also focuses on the vision, taste, and motivation of Samuel Courtauld and his wife. Full length photographs of the paintings show how they were displayed in their home, Home House in Portman Square, which is now a private club.
The exhibition in the Wohl Galleries runs until 20 January 2019. September after which the exhibition will go on tour so people around the country can enjoy it too.
The National Gallery, which has free entry, has kept some of its own permanent collection including Van Gogh’s Chair and Sun Flowers so that visitors who don’t wish to see the exhibition can still see some Impressionist paintings.
Admission £7.50. Members and under 12s free. (Ticket required)
www.nationalgallery.org.uk. T. 0800 912 6958