At the National Gallery, the Impressionist Masterpieces of Samuel Courtauld

At the National Gallery, the Impressionist Masterpieces of Samuel Courtauld
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Autumn at the National Gallery begins with one of the most prestigious collections of impressionist pain-tings in the world - that of Samuel Courtauld, the English businessman famed for his collecting and his un-bridled passion for the “painters of light”. With those paintings acquired for himself and those destined for pubic display at the painting galleries of the Courtauld Institute of Art, starting in the ‘20s, the Rayon Industry success began accumu-lating an incredible number of masterpieces. Card Players and Man with a Pipe by Paul Cézanne, La Loge by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, A Bar at The Folies-Bergére by Edouard Manet, Jane Avrile in the Entrance of the Moulin Rouge are just some of the celebrated works on loan from the museum in Trafalgar Square. Next to these, a selection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from the National Gallery, such as the Self-Portrait by Cézanne and Boulevard Montmartre at Night by Camille Pissarro. All together, the itinerary offers an impressive look at the art of the Impression, from its origins to its fullest articulation and beyond, embracing an arc of time which moves all the way up to the start of the XX Century. Naturally, all is seen through the highly personal point of view of Courtauld - the ideas, tastes and moti-vations of one of the first British proponents of the movement itself.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London