The Courtauld Gallery

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.

Unfinished… Works from The Courtauld Gallery

  • 18 June — 20 September 2015 *on now

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 *on now

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.

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

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.

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

Website

E-mail

General enquiries

galleryinfo@courtauld.ac.uk

Telephone

020 7848 2526

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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