Monday, July 2, 2018

Courtauld Gallery, London

So I now know that Courtauld was a rich textile merchant with a penchant for impressionist art and a very keen eye for it (or perhaps a brilliant art dealer).
His collection is on display at Somerset House (incidentally closing for repairs in September).

Pros :
- For a small museum, this is a huge collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art!
- I was very taken in by Degas's barmaid. Physically standing in front of her makes it fully clear what an extraordinary painting it is, and how twisted the perspective.
- Well-informed, brief yet penetrating signs accompanying the works of art.
- Beautiful place, really!

Cons :
- I found the light a bit problematic. It was often hard to find the right angle to view the paintings without reflected light getting caught on the canvas.

In short : Hurry up, it's closing soon, and for two years.

Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies Bergère, 1882

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