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Bloomsbury Art & Design

18 February – 21 September 2017
Special Display

The Courtauld Gallery cares for an important collection of early twentieth century Bloomsbury Group works including paintings, collages, drawings, watercolours and designs and decorative arts from the Omega Workshops. Most of the collection was bequeathed by Roger Fry to the newly formed Courtauld Institute of Art in 1935; Fry was the central figure of the group, which included artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. This special display brings together a wide-ranging selection of work by this remarkable group.

Illuminating Objects: 17th Century Decorated Frame

From 8 May 2017
Display

Natasha Gertler, a Masters student in Science Communication at Imperial College London, examines a beautiful inlaid frame made in Rome in the first half of the 17th century, from the viewpoint of the geology of the decorative stones.

William Henry Hunt: Country People

24 June – 17 September 2017
The Drawings Gallery

Taking its lead from W. H. Hunt’s watercolour The Head Gardener, c. 1825, that is part of The Courtauld Gallery’s permanent collection, this focused display will be first to investigate Hunt’s depiction of rural figures in his work of the 1820s and 1830s.

 

Future exhibitions and Displays

Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

19 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

This exhibition brings together an outstanding group of portraits by Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943). Soutine was one of the leading painters in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s and was seen by many as the heir to Vincent van Gogh. In the early 1920s, he became fascinated by the cooks and waiting staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. The portraits of these humble figures Soutine painted over the following decade helped to establish his reputation. This major show is the first time Soutine has been the subject of a significant exhibition in the United Kingdom for 35 years.

Drawing Together 

30 September 2017 – 2 January 2018
The Drawings Gallery

The display, co-organised by The Courtauld Gallery and the University of Kent, aims to shed light on the creative power of drawing by staging a series of dialogues between works in the Courtauld collection. Looking beyond traditional questions of attribution and function, the display will focus on drawing as a creative act. It will present a series of sometimes unexpected encounters between pairs of drawings, ranging from a small sketch by George Romney to a gestural abstract work by Hans Hartung, taking in drawings by Antoine Watteau, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Eugène Delacroix.

Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici

18 January – 15 April 2018
The Drawings Gallery

This focused international loan exhibition, the first dedicated to the drawings of Antoine Caron, brings together a celebrated group of drawings executed by Caron (1521-1599) for his patron Queen Catherine de’ Medici of France (1519-1589). Centered around the Valois series, a set of drawings of courtly pageantry here reunited for the first time, the display will showcase the way in which the powerful and influential Catherine promoted herself and her dynasty through a series of lavish courtly events. Created as preparatory designs for tapestries, the drawings capture in minute detail jousts, tournaments, festivals and a mock naval battle that were presented at the French court between 1573 and 1581, during the reigns of Catherine’s sons Charles IX and Henri III.

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