Exhibitions & DISPLAYS

Future exhibitions & DisplayS

Unfinished… Works from The Courtauld Gallery   

Summer Showcase Special Display           

18 June – 20 September 2015



This year’s Summer Showcase Special Display will bring together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described as unfinished.


While some were clearly abandoned by the artist and provide an insight into the artistic process, others occupy a more ambiguous territory where there is a clash between the artist’s intention and public reception.


These works will allow us to explore what it means for an artist to consider a work as finished, and what happens when critics disagree.


A final category explores the deliberate use of a loose, seemingly unfinished style by artists to express a certain agility and grace in the handling of the medium.



24 June - 20 September 2015

Jonathan Richardson the Elder (1667 – 1745) was one of the most influential figures in the visual arts of 18th century England. A leading portrait painter, Richardson was also a theorist and an accomplished poet and amassed one of the great collections of drawings of the age.

Towards the end of his life Richardson created a remarkable but little known series of self-portrait drawings. They show Richardson adopting a wide range of poses, guises and dress, in some cases deliberately evoking other artists, such as Rembrandt, whose work he owned.

These remarkable drawings show Richardson considering and making visual the different aspects of himself. But much more than this, they were the means with which he reviewed his life and achievements.



soaring flight: Peter Lanyon's gliding paintings

15 October 2015 – 17 January 2016


This major exhibition explores a remarkable and unprecedented series of paintings by Peter Lanyon, one of Britain’s most important and original Post-War artists.


Lanyon (1918-64) sought to create a new vision of landscape painting for the modern era that could express both sensory experience and a profound understanding of our fragile existence within the world.


During the 1950s, he produced radical, near-abstract paintings of the tough coastal landscape of his native West Cornwall inspired by his experience of gliding, this series will be showcased in a major retrospective at The Courtauld this autumn.



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