"The Courtauld Gallery Somerset House." Somerset House Tip by breughel

Somerset House, London: 34 reviews and 94 photos

  "Bar aux Folies-Bergères" Manet.
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  • "Bar aux Folies-Bergères" Manet. - London
      "Bar aux Folies-Bergères" Manet.
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  • Van Gogh "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear" - London
      Van Gogh "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear"
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  • "Female Nude" Modigliani. - London
      "Female Nude" Modigliani.
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  • Toulouse-Lautrec  "Jane Avril" - London
      Toulouse-Lautrec "Jane Avril"
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  • Kandinsky "The Red Circle" - London
      Kandinsky "The Red Circle"
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The Gallery is at the entry of Somerset House. You have to pay to visit the Courtauld Gallery but you can take photos, something forbidden at the National Gallery.
It is a small museum with 15 rooms (3 for temporary exhibitions) on two floors but is has some outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings on display. There are also works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods but it are for sure the paintings from the 20th c. for which visitors pay.

Outstanding are the famous masterpieces such as van Gogh?s "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear", Manet?s great last painting "Bar aux Folies-Bergères", from Renoir "La Loge" and several paintings from Cézanne and Degas.
Closer to us in time are the French "Fauves" and a famous "Female Nude" from Modigliani. I found here also a Kandinsky, a contemporary painter I liked when I was young.

On the time of my visit there was a special exhibition "Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril - Beyond the Moulin Rouge" which attracted many British visitors.
It's a fact that the Courtauld Gallery has a public of amateurs and connoisseurs different from the public of the National Gallery.

Address: Somerset House, Strand London WC2R ORN
Directions: Nearest Tube, Temple. Near Waterloo Bridge.
Phone: +44 (0)20 7845 4600
Website: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/

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  • Updated Feb 1, 2015
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Comments (2)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Since the Folies-Bergères is located directly on bicycle route # 1 in Paris (rue Richer), I have often ridden past it when lots of people were entering or leaving. But I have never been inside. I wonder if it still looks similar to Manet?s painting.

  • JulieJueletha's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I loved this, especially that you could take pictures!


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