Situated in the splendid Somerset House in London, the Courtauld Gallery is certainly one of the most important littles museums in the world, thanks to its precious collection of Impressionist painters (Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pisarro, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Sisley, Boudin, Degas) and French Post-impressionists (Seurat, Utrillo, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec and Modigliani).
Adding to its importance, it also hosts a collection of jewelry, fine Venetian glassware, Italian pottery and paintings by: Botticelli, Bellini, Goya, Rubens and the first Renaissance.
Among the most important works are: Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Renoir’s La Loge among the impressionist masters, Modigliani’s Seated Nude and Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Private Room among the post-impressionists, as well as 32 works by Rubens, and Botticelli’s Holy Trinity.
The gallery took its name from Samuel Courtauld, a textile entreprenuer who bought many works of art in his life.
In 1931 Samuel Courtauld financed the creation of the Courtauld Institute, which would soon become an important study centre for European art, to which he donated part of his private collection in 1932. In 1948, after Samuel Courtauld’s death, the remaining works were also donated, including the almost complete group of Impressionist and Post-impressionist paintings which are still exhibited today.
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