Friday Fun: The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery (which I seem to pronounce differently from everyone else in the UK) is a beautiful little gem, no longer quite as well hidden as it used to be when I was a student at King’s and could access it during my breaks. Covering an entire wing of Somerset House (plus modern extensions), it boasts a splendid art collection, particularly of 19th century painters. Most recently, it hosted an exhibition of portraits by Chaim Soutine, which struck me by their compassion for the suffering and boxed-in feeling of the working classes, service staff that most hotel visitors ignore (even nowadays). I don’t often feature art, because I think the colours go all wrong online, but here are a few samples.

The Little Chef by Soutine.
The Bellboy by Soutine.
The Chambermaid by Soutine.
Other paintings from the permanent collection: German expressionist painter Gabriele Münter: Portrait of a Young Woman with a Large Hat.
Degas ballerina.
The building is beautiful too: the staircase.
And even the floor details.
Last, but not least, on a sunny day, the basement cafe is delightful

24 thoughts on “Friday Fun: The Courtauld Gallery”

    1. I did hear about that. There has been a Modigliani exhibition here in London too, but I haven’t been. I would love to write more about art, but the pictures always look a bit pale in comparison to real life.

  1. I didn’t know you went to King’s too! I’m so sad that I didn’t visit when I was studying; it looks like it would have been the perfect way to fill the hours I often had between lectures. I’ll definitely put it on my list for next time!

      1. Ralph Dutli: Soutines letzte Reise. 2012? Dutli is Mandelstam’s main translator into German. He also wrote an excellent biography of Mandelstam. This is a novel however.

    1. The French way. Which apparently would have been correct initially, because it was a Huguenot family who fled from persecution in France. But in time, it is pronounced more with a clearly heard l and d.

  2. I loved the Courtauld Galery when I visited it. Thanks for the pictures.

    PS : I’ve been to the Musée Gustave Moreau and seen that gorgeous staircase you put in one of your Friday Funs. Fantastic staircase. I hated the paintings, though.

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