Located just off the Strand in the north wing of Somerset House, the Courtauld has one of Britain's greatest collections of paintings, and contains many works of world importance. Although there are some outstanding works from earlier periods, the collection's strongest suit is its holdings of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. There are some popular masterpieces: Manet's astonishing 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' is undoubtedly the star, alongside superb Monets and Cézannes, important Gauguins and some excellent Van Goghs and Seurats. On the top floor, you get to the twentieth century with a selection of gorgeous fauvist works, a lovely room of Kandinskys and plenty more besides. Hidden away downstairs in the Courtauld there's a sweet little gallery café with a courtyard.
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|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-6pm (last adm 5.30pm).|
|Price:||£7; £6 concs; Free to Friends of The Courtauld, under-18s, full-time UK students, unwaged, and with National Art Pass; temporary exhibitions £8.50|
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Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings
Georgiana Houghton was a nineteenth-century spiritualist and medium who made art under the alleged influence of otherworldly beings. Her work fell into obscurity, but was recently rediscovered and re-evaluated as a precursor to twentieth-century abstraction. Houghton’s...Until Sunday September 11 2016Read more
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What a pleasant surprise, to walk into such a collection as is now at the Courtauld, and find the art experience we were looking for in London without being overwhelmed or asked not to photograph. The presentations were excellent, almost a history of art through the ages, and the representative artists, especially the master impressionists and the Jane Avril collection, was so unexpected. We also were treated to "free Monday", and were not required to pay any fee whatsoever to enjoy this amazing gallery. Well done, Courtauld!