"The Courtauld Gallery Somerset House." Somerset House Tip by breughel
Somerset House, London: 34 reviews and 94 photos
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
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