The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery
Somerset House
Strand
London
Greater London
WC2R 0RN
England

Website

E-mail

General enquiries

galleryinfo@courtauld.ac.uk

Telephone

Gallery Information (24 hours recorded information)

+44 (0) 20 7848 2526

Public Programmes department

+44 (0) 20 7848 1058

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Edouard Manet's painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergere
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Come face to face with world-famous art at The Courtauld Gallery.

The collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is displayed in the elegant setting of Somerset House.

The Gallery is particularly renowned for its unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.

It also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine examples of sculpture and decorative arts.

The Courtauld Gallery is part of The Courtauld Institute of Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the study of art history and conservation.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Daily 10.00 - 18.00 (last admission 17.30)
For Late Night Openings please see www.courtauld.ac.uk/lates

24 Dec: 10.00 - 16.00
25 & 26 Dec: closed

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Concessions: £5
£3 all day Mondays
Free admission for Under 18s, Students, staff of UK Universities, Registered Unwaged, Friends of The Courtauld

Buy your ticket online: www.courtauld.ac.uk/tickets

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
Getting there

The Gallery is located at The Strand entrance of Somerset House.

Somerset House is well served by public transport and is within walking distance of many of the capital’s other major museums and attractions.

NEAREST UNDERGROUND STATIONS
Temple (Circle and District lines)
Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)

NEAREST RAILWAY STATIONS
Waterloo
Charing Cross

BUSES
Buses stop directly outside Somerset House on the Strand.

Additional info

We have 15 min lunchtime talks every Monday and Friday at 13.15 featuring one work of art from our collection.
Highlights of our exhibitions and related art works from the collection are presented by research students from The Courtauld Institute of Art every Sunday from 15.00 to 15.45 during special exhibitions.

The Courtauld Gallery's permanent collection is one of the most important and best-loved in Britain. Famous for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, the collection reaches from the early Renaissance to Modernist works of the 20th century, including masterpieces by Rubens, Botticelli, Monet, Cézanne, Matisse and Kandinsky.

The Courtauld is home to world-famous masterpieces such as Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Impressionism
  • Post-Impressionism
  • Manet
  • Monet
  • Renoir
  • Van Gogh
  • Cezanne
  • Gauguin
  • 20th century
  • Fauves
  • Bloomsbury Group
  • Kandinsky
  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • altar piece
  • decorative arts
  • paintings
  • drawings
  • Designated Collection
  • Van Gogh: Self-Portrait with Bandaged-Ear
  • A Bar at the Folies-Bergere
  • Nevermore
  • Rubens
  • Landscape by Moonlight
  • Cranach
  • Reynolds
  • Piccasso
  • Michelangelo
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Watercolour of a moonlit landscape with tree by Caspar David Friedrich

A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic landscapes from Britain and Germany

  • 30 January — 27 April 2014 *on now

A Dialogue with Nature explores aspects of Romantic landscape drawing in Britain and Germany from its origins in the 1760s to its final flowering in the 1840s.

The exhibition brings together 26 major drawings, watercolours and oil sketches by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Samuel Palmer, Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Philipp Fohr, and Karl Friedrich Lessing.

A Dialogue with Nature is a collaboration between The Courtauld Gallery and The Morgan Library and Museum in New York. The exhibition draws upon the strengths of both collections: the Morgan’s exceptional group of German drawings and The Courtauld Gallery’s wide-ranging holdings of British works.

Together, these two schools of drawing exemplify Friedrich’s understanding of Romantic landscape draughtsmanship as ‘a dialogue with Nature’.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

See website for details

Website

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/dialogue-with-nature.shtml

Drawing of two jockeys riding their horses by Toulouse-Lautrec

Bruegel to Freud: Master Prints from The Courtauld Gallery

  • 19 June — 21 September 2014

This selection of some thirty particularly remarkable and intriguing examples spans more than 500 years and encompasses a variety of printmaking techniques.Subjects of Christian iconography dominate 15th and 16th century printmaking but from early on were complemented by secular topics, with printmakers catering for a demand amongst collectors for new imagery.

The 19th century in France saw avant-garde artists embracing printmaking, with
Edouard Manet’s homage to Old Masters, Paul Gauguin’s revival of the woodcut and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s brilliant adoption of the newer technique of lithography for his evocative depictions of Parisian entertainment.

In the 20th century Pablo Picasso’s and Henri Matisse’s tireless experimentation with print techniques helped ensure the vitality of printmaking in the art of their time.
The display concludes with prints by Lucian Freud, now widely acknowledged as a modern master of the medium, and by more recent work by Chris Ofili, whose prints,
both figurative and abstract, continued to reinvent printmaking in the 21st century.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

See website for details

Website

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/whatson/index.shtml

Drawing of a nude woman by Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

  • 23 October 2014 — 18 January 2015

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is one of the most important artists of the early 20th
century and a central figure of Austrian Expressionism. Rising to prominence in Vienna alongside Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka in the turbulent years around the First World War, Schiele produced some of the most radical depictions of the human figure created in modern times.

This exhibition will be the first ever museum show in this country devoted entirely to the artist. It will explore in detail one of Schiele’s most vital and original subjects–his extraordinary drawings and watercolours of male and female nudes.

Schiele’s technical virtuosity, highly original vision and unflinching depictions of the naked figure distinguish these works as being among his most significant contributions to the development of modern art. This sharply focused exhibition will be a major opportunity to see more than thirty of these radical works assembled from international public and private collections.

Admission

See website for details

Website

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/whatson/index.shtml

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Oud Playing during the Court and Craaft Late

Court and Craft Late Opening - Museums at Night

  • 15 May 2014 6-9pm

Enjoy a night of art, craft and music inspired by the exhibition Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq.

Events run throughout the evening and include Persian and Iraqi music, exhibition Talks, Persian calligraphy, The Court and Craft photo booth (strike a pose with our fun cut-out figures!), Feathers and Finery craft workshop, food tastings and more!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6/£5 - free for students

Website

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/lates

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Learning Resources

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/publicprogrammes/onlinelearning.shtml

We have a selection of Teacher's Pack or Learning Resources downloadable online.

Creator

  • Public Programme staff and Courtauld Institute of Art Doctors.

Languages

  • English, French and German

Image database

http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk

A specific educational website with images from most works in our collection. All images can be downloaded and used for educational purposes.

Le Français par les peintres - French Online resource

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/publicprogrammes/frenchresources/index.shtml

Learn and enjoy French through art history and the fantastic collection at The Courtauld Gallery. Designed in partnership with the Language Centre at the French Institute in London and The Courtauld Gallery, this resource will make you travel through time, back to the Impressionist and the Post-Impressionist days.

Creator

  • Catherine Gaitte
  • Caroline Levitt
  • Alice Odin

Languages

  • French

Podcasts and videos

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/publicprogrammes/onlinelearning.shtml

Podcasts on our latest exhibition and permanent collection display. Text and reading by our Courtauld Institute students and PhD graduates.

Teacher's Resources

Our Teacher's Resources are specifically assembled to give a comprehensive, creative and cross-curricular overview of The Courtauld Gallery temporary exhibitions. They are very useful to use in class or in preparation for a visit to our collection.
Please log onto http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/publicprogrammes/onlinelearning.shtml to download all our previous Teachers' Resources.

Creator

  • All resources are created by research students and staff members of the Courtauld Institute of Art

Languages

  • French

Getting there

The Gallery is located at The Strand entrance of Somerset House.

Somerset House is well served by public transport and is within walking distance of many of the capital’s other major museums and attractions.

NEAREST UNDERGROUND STATIONS
Temple (Circle and District lines)
Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines)
Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines)
Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)

NEAREST RAILWAY STATIONS
Waterloo
Charing Cross

BUSES
Buses stop directly outside Somerset House on the Strand.

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