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The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery Displays Reading Drawings
21 January – 29 May 2017
Inscriptions on drawings reveal essential information regarding their authorship, dating, subject, purpose and provenance. A selection of drawings from The Courtauld Gallery’s collection demonstrates the reasons and circumstances behind annotations on drawings, from straightforward signatures to lengthy captions, invented languages and records of ownership.
Artists and collectors often had no reservations about writing on their works, as evidenced by this display, ranging from the sixteenth through early twentieth centuries.
Soutine’s Portraits: Waiters, Cooks and Bellhops
19 October 2017 – 21 January 2018
The Courtauld Gallery’s major exhibition for 2017 focuses on one of Chaim Soutine’s most important series of portraits: waiters, cooks and bellhops who sat for him in Paris and the South of France during the 1920s. These works helped to establish Soutine’s reputation as a major avant-garde painter, seen by many as the 20 th century heir to Van Gogh, and today are widely considered to be among the artist’s greatest achievements. Soutine’s Portraits will be the first time that this outstanding group of masterpieces has ever been brought together and it will be the first exhibition of Soutine’s work in London for over 30 years, providing a unique opportunity to experience the power and profound emotion of Soutine’s art.
William Henry Hunt: Country People
24 June – 17 September 2017
Taking its lead from W. H. Hunt’s watercolour The Head Gardener, c. 1825, that is part of The Courtauld Gallery’s permanent collection, this focused display will be first to investigate Hunt’s depiction of rural figures in his work of the 1820s and 1830s.
Consisting of around 20 drawings borrowed from collections across the UK, William Henry Hunt: Country People will bring together watercolours depicting country people in their working or living environments, from farmers and gamekeepers to stonebreakers and gleaners. Treated with dignity and respect, the representation of these rural figures and types raises important questions about the changing relationship with rural labour and the land during Hunt’s lifetime. These profound changes are also reflected in the literature of the period.
One of the most admired British water-colourists of the 19 th century, Hunt first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807. His watercolours were sought after by collectors, notably John Ruskin, a serious champion of his work.
About The Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery is one of London’s must-see art museums. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance to the 20th century and beyond. It is displayed in the elegant setting of #somersethouse, one of the city’s most dynamic cultural venues. The Courtauld Gallery is renowned for its unrivalled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin and the largest collection of Cézannes in the UK.
The Gallery is at the heart of The Courtauld Institute of Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the study of art history and conservation.
All images should be credited to The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.
Studio of Raphael (formerly attributed to Perino del Vaga), Alexander the Great Drinking his Medicine, around 1520s
Francesco Simonini, Howling DOg, around 1730-1750
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