London: City Mouse

Saturday we were touring the splendid Courtauld Gallery. It is famous for its Impressionist collection, but its relocation to the Somerset house between the Thames and the Strand is a definite advantage. Just a few steps off the street you are transported to a very rich treasury of art and architecture.

Turn right here into the Courtauld Gallery.

Turn right here into the Courtauld Gallery.

Crossing the court of Somerset House, London.

Crossing the court of Somerset House, London.

The room on the ground floor is dark blue, a solid background to allow the gold paint in medieval  art to dazzle the eye.

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Moving up the spiral staircases, visitors find works closer and closer to our own time. From 1700s we glean the pride of status in portraiture; in the 1800s painters looked elsewhere for their inspiration; and in the 1900s, they looked inward and shared their unique insights.

The Family of Jan Brueghel the Elder by Rubens.

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A Rubens landscape.

A Rubens landscape.

 

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Allegorical Portrait of Sir John Luttrell by Hans Eworth (1550).

Allegorical Portrait of Sir John Luttrell by Hans Eworth (1550).

 

La Chotat

La Chotat

The Park of Carrieres Saint-Denis by Andre Derain (1909)

The Park of Carrieres Saint-Denis by Andre Derain (1909)

 

The Haystacks by Paul Gauguin.

The Haystacks by Paul Gauguin.

Yellow Irises by Pablo Picasso.

Yellow Irises by Pablo Picasso.

 

Pointillism

Pointillism

 

The Dream by Paul Gaugin (1897)

The Dream by Paul Gaugin (1897)

 

Dance Movement A by Auguste Rodin

Dance Movement A by Auguste Rodin

 

 

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Top of the Courtauld.

Top of the Courtauld.

Staircase at the Courtauld.

Staircase at the Courtauld.

 

 

 

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