Art Of The Day Weekly
#538 - from 10 January 2019 to 16 January 2019
Courtauld, the discreet champion of Impressionism
PARIS – The Courtauld Institute of Art, created by a major industrialist, a discrete but extremely wealthy textile tycoon, is one of the mythical research institutions of art history. While is headquarters in London is renovated over a two-year period the collection will tour the continent (one part has already been shown at the National Gallery in London). The Fondation Vuitton will welcome it with trumpets and great clamor. It deserves it, as this rich ensemble of French painting (one of the great passions of Samuel Courtauld, dead in 1947) includes some masterpieces that we have seen at least on chocolate boxes or framed in doctors’ waiting rooms. Among them, the unavoidable Bar des Folies-Bergère by Manet or Gauguin’s Nevermore.
• Collection Courtauld at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, from 20 February to 17 June 2019.