The Courtauld Gallery

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

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galleryinfo@courtauld.ac.uk

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020 7848 2526

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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.

Jack of Diamonds

  • 18 September 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

A special display of eleven early 20th century Russian avant-garde paintings marking the importance of the Jack of Diamonds group, founded in Moscow in 1910.

The display includes works by Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Aristarkh Lentulov, Vladimir Burliuk, Olga Rozanova, and Alexandra Exter, all of whom – both men and women – were equally active Jack of Diamonds contributors.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

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

Pasted Graphic

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

  • 23 October 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

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

Queen Anne Silver Coffee Pot

  • 26 November 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

This Illuminating Objects display reflects on an early 18th century English coffeepot from the perspective of the cultural context of coffee consumption.

The display was researched and prepared by Maryam Ala Amjadi, a doctoral candidate in the School of English jointly at the University of Kent in Canterbury and the Universidad do Porto, Portugal.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/2012/illuminating-objects/index.shtml

page with selection of graphite studies of heads

Unseen

  • 15 January — 29 March 2015

The first in a series of revelatory displays at The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery highlights the range and depth of the collection with examples of some of its most intriguing works.

Unseen focuses on works which have not been exhibited at The Courtauld in the last 20 years, often by fascinating lesser-known artists.

The selection of works ranges across the centuries from the Renaissance to the birth of Pop Art, with pieces as diverse as Two men in conversation, a striking 15th century Renaissance drawing from the school of Francesco Squarcione, to Africa, a work from 1962 by Larry Rivers, the godfather of Pop Art.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

drawing of man falling down stairs

Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album

  • 26 February — 25 May 2015

The Courtauld Gallery presents a groundbreaking exhibition which reunites for the first time all of the surviving drawings from one of Goya’s celebrated private albums.

The albums were never intended to be seen beyond a small circle of friends, giving
Goya the freedom to create images which range from the humorous, to the macabre and the bitingly satirical.

With its themes of witchcraft, dreams and nightmares, The Witches and Old Women Album offers an important perspective on the development of Goya’s interest in old age, the fantastic and the diabolical. Above all, the drawings reveal his penetrating observation of human nature.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Renaissance Modern

  • 22 April — 7 June 2015

A collaboration between students from both The Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Manchester, this display focuses on 16th century draughtsmanship in Italy and Northern Europe.

It explores those aspects of Renaissance drawing that were deliberately new or ‘modern’ in subject matter, style and approach.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Unfinished… Works from The Courtauld Gallery

  • 18 June — 20 September 2015

This year’s Summer Showcase Special Display brings together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described as unfinished. While some were clearly abandoned by the artist and provide an insight into the artistic process, others occupy a more ambiguous territory where there is a clash between the artist’s intention and public reception.

These works will allow us to explore what it means for an artist to consider a work as finished, and what happens when critics disagree. A final category explores the deliberate use of a loose, seemingly unfinished style by artists to express a certain agility and grace in the handling of the medium.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Jonathan Richardson the Elder: Self-Portraits

  • 24 June — 20 September 2015

Jonathan Richardson the Elder (1667 – 1745) was one of the most influential figures in the visual arts of 18th century England. A leading portrait painter, Richardson was also a theorist and an accomplished poet and amassed one of the great collections of drawings of the age.

Towards the end of his life Richardson created a remarkable but little known series of self-portrait drawings. They show Richardson adopting a wide range of poses, guises and dress, in some cases deliberately evoking other artists, such as Rembrandt, whose work he owned.

These remarkable drawings show Richardson considering and making visual the different aspects of himself. But much more than this, they were the means with which Richardson reviewed his life and achievements.

This group of works by Richardson makes a profound and ambitious statement about the possibilities of drawing and forms an important part of the Drawings Gallery’s new programme.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon’s Gliding Paintings

  • 15 October 2015 — 17 January 2016

This major exhibition explores a remarkable and unprecedented series of paintings by Peter Lanyon, one of Britain’s most important and original Post-War artists.

Lanyon (1918-64) sought to create a new vision of landscape painting for the modern era that could express both sensory experience and a profound understanding of our fragile existence within the world.

During the 1950s, he produced radical, near-abstract paintings of the tough coastal landscape of his native West Cornwall inspired by his experience of gliding, this series will be showcased in a major retrospective at The Courtauld this autumn.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

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

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.

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.

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

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

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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