PREVIEW: Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne,National Gallery

The National Gallery’s next exhibition will concentrate on major Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterworks from the Courtauld Gallery, purchased in the 1920s by Samuel Courtauld (1876–1947).


Paul Cézanne,Hillside in Provence about 1890-2 .Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1926 © The National Gallery, London. 

Showcased alongside paintings from the National Gallery’s own collection which the businessman and philanthropist financed and helped acquire, this exhibition will display   major Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterworks from the Courtauld Gallery.

The exhibition is set to include over forty works and is centred around the loan of 26 masterpieces from the Courtauld Gallery. Throughout Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne, the exhibition will trace the development of modern French painting from the 1860s to the turn of the 20th century.

Arranged chronologically, the display will feature twelve sections – each one devoted to a different artist and will includes the works of such key figures as Daumier, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, and Bonnard. It will also focus on the vision, taste, and motivation of Courtauld as he shaped two collections: one for his and his wife’s own enjoyment, and the other for the nation, with equal tenacity and dedication.

Highlights of the exhibition include:  Renoir’s La Loge  (Theatre Box) (1874), Cézanne’s The Card Players (about 1892–6) and Lac d’Annecy (1896), Toulouse-Lautrec’s Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge (about 1892), Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882), and Seurat’s Young Woman Powdering Herself (about 1888–90).

Talking about the exhibition Anne Robbins, Associate Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery and curator of the exhibition, said: “With masterpieces such as Manet’s great A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, Renoir’s La Loge (Theatre Box) and a large group of first-rate Cézannes, this exhibition forms a clear and enjoyable introduction to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: two of art history’s most essential and best-loved movements. It is also a tribute to Samuel Courtauld who worked tirelessly towards a proper understanding and appreciation of modern painting, with a unique approach to art – both visionary and extraordinarily generous.”

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne will be on display at the National Gallery from the 17th September until the 20th January 2019. For more information visit:

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