20 unmissable paintings in London
Time Out's guide to must-see works of art in the city
Not only is London home to a vibrant and ever-changing contemporary art scene but it’s also the place to see some of the world’s greatest historical artworks. For a crash fine art primer Helen Sumpter rounds up the top 20 unmissable paintings in the permanent collections of London’s major museums and galleries.
1. 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' by Edouard Manet
In Manet’s late, great modernist masterpiece, a barmaid at Paris’s premier nightclub of the day appears lost in thought, but what she’s thinking about is as much a puzzle as the woman’s displaced reflection, seemingly engaged in conversation with a top-hatted gentlemen in the mirror behind her.
See 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' by Edouard Manet at The Courtauld Gallery.