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. Oh, these are wonderful, Marina Sofia. Don’t you just love finding those small gems to explore and discover? Thanks for sharing this one.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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