For the first time in London since 1948, the National Gallery will display major Impressionist paintings from the Courtauld Gallery.
The largest number of works from the Courtauld’s private collection ever seen on the walls of the National Gallery will trace the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings through a selection of over 40 masterpieces from Daumier to Bonnard.
As well as providing a clear introduction to the crucial developments in French painting from the 1860s to the early 20th century, the exhibition pays tribute to Samuel Courtauld (1876–1947). It will focus on his vision, taste and motivation as he was shaping two collections: one for himself, the other for the nation, with equal tenacity and dedication.
Highlights include Cézanne's Card Players and Man with a Pipe, Toulouse-Lautrec's Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge, Renoir’s La Loge, Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Seurat's Young Woman Powdering Herself.
They will hang alongside a selection of works from the Gallery’s own holdings, acquired through Courtauld’s generosity, such as Cézanne’s Self Portrait, Pissarro's Boulevard Montmartre at Night and Renoir’s At the Theatre (La Première Sortie).