For the first time since 1948 the National Gallery will display major Impressionist paintings from the Courtauld Gallery alongside works from its own collections.
This exciting exhibition is made possible thanks to a major loan of works from the Courtauld Gallery, which is closing in September 2018 for a redevelopment.
Opening at the National Gallery this autumn, Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne will trace the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings through a wide ranging survey of over 40 masterpieces from Daumier to Bonnard.
As well as providing the perfect introduction to this art movement, the exhibition will focus on the vision of the Courtauld’s founder Samuel Courtauld. It will focus on his role in shaping national collections and paving the way for the acceptance of modern art in the United Kingdom.
Having purchased works from the first Impressionist exhibition, Samuel Courtauld went on to build one of the world’s most important art collections but stopped acquiring paintings after the death of his wife, revealing a strong emotional connection to the works.
Highlights from the Courtauld’s collection will include Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergére, Cézanne’s The Card Players and Man with a Pipe, Toulouse-Lautrec’s Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge, putting on her Gloves, Renoir’s La Loge and Seurat’s Young Woman Powdering Herself.
The exhibition unites these works with those the National Gallery acquired in the 1920s through Samuel Courtauld’s fund, such as Cézanne’s Self Portrait, Pissarro’s The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, Renoir’s At the Theatre (La Première Sortie) and Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Courtauld Gallery and National Gallery.
For more information, visit the National Gallery website here
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