Exhibition of Courtauld masterpieces announced at the National Gallery, London
For the first time in London since 1948 the National Gallery will display major Impressionist paintings from the Courtauld Gallery, bought in the 1920s by Samuel Courtauld, alongside works from its own collections which the businessman financed and helped acquire.
Opening this autumn, Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne will trace the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings through a selection of over forty masterpieces from Daumier to Bonnard.
As well as providing a clear introduction to the crucial developments in French painting from the 1860s to the early twentieth century, the exhibition pays tribute to Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947). It will focus on his vision, taste and motivation as he was shaping two collections: one for himself, the other for the nation, with equal tenacity and dedication.
Highlights from Courtauld’s private collection, now part of The Courtauld Gallery, will include Cézanne’s Card Players and Man with a Pipe, Toulouse-Lautrec’s Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge, Renoir’s La Loge, Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Seurat’s Young Woman Powdering Herself. They will hang alongside a selection of works from the National Gallery’s own holdings, acquired through Courtauld’s generosity, such as Cézanne’s Self Portrait, Pissarro’s Boulevard Montmartre at Night and Renoir’s At the Theatre (La Première Sortie.)
This exhibition is made possible by the temporary closure for renovation of The Courtauld Gallery, from 3 September 2018. This ambitious multiyear venture, entitled Courtauld Connects, will see the transformation of The Courtauld Institute of Art and Gallery’s current home in Somerset House in central London. More information is available online
This exhibition is a collaboration between the National Gallery and the Courtauld Gallery.
Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne
17 September 2018 – 20 January 2019