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The Courtauld Gallery has a rich collection of modern works, ranging from early twentieth-century masterpieces such as Amedeo Modigliani’s, Female Nude, to major Post-War paintings, such as Frank Auerbach’s Rebuilding the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square.  

The Gallery is the only museum in Britain with such an outstanding display of paintings by the French Fauves (or Wild Beasts), including important works by Henri Matisse, André Derain and Raoul Dufy.

This is complemented by German Expressionist paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and their contemporaries. The Gallery also holds a significant group of works by Oskar Kokoschka, including his enormous ceiling painting The Prometheus Triptych, which is displayed on an occasional basis.

The Gallery houses paintings by leading artists of the Bloomsbury Group, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry, together with avant-garde decorative arts produced by them at their Omega Workshops.

The collection of modern British art extends well into the twentieth century with works by Ben Nicholson, Graham Sutherland, Ivon Hitchens and Frank Auerbach among others.


Selected twentieth-century paintings

Painting 1937

Painting 1937

by Ben Nicholson

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Female Nude

by Amedeo Modigliani

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