Six of the UK's best Impressionism collections
Whether you're in Glasgow or Liverpool, you're never far from one of Britain's world-famous collections of Impressionist art. From Monets in London to Sargents in Manchester, here are six of the greatest Impressionism collections in the UK
- Greater London
Manet's barmaid; Degas's dancers; Van Gogh's self-portrait with his face wrapped in bandages. Some of the most recognisable images in Impressionism have found a home in the Courtauld Gallery, where the Courtauld Institute of Art displays its internationally significant art collection. Cézanne is especially well represented in the collection, which features one of the greatest works in his Card Players sequence.
- Greater London
While the National Gallery is perhaps better known for its Old Master paintings, its holdings of 19th-century paintings are equally impressive. Monet's Water-Lily Pond, Renoir's Skiff, and Pissarro's Boulevard Montmartre at Night keep company with Renaissance portraiture and Medieval altarpieces.
Sir William Burrell was a Scottish shipping merchant who spent much of his fortune assembling a formidable art collection, which he gave to the city of Glasgow in 1944, along with £250,000 to build it a home. The result was the Burrell Collection, a purpose-built gallery displaying the masterpieces he had acquired. The Impressionist works in the gallery are of international significance, although they were never displayed together until 2013, when around 40 of them were exhibited – some for the first time.
While the Walker's collection of Impressionist paintings is relatively small, it includes captivating paintings ranging from Monet's Break-up of the Ice on the Seine to masterpieces by Walter Sickert. The Gallery's Impressionist works were brought together for the stunning 2009 exhibition French Impressionists at the Walker's sister gallery, Lady Lever.
- South Glamorgan
Thanks to the generous bequest of French 19th-century paintings by the sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, Wales's National Museum of Art has an excellent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Among the Monets are Venetian scenes and examples from his Rouen Cathedral and Waterlilies series. These sit alongside La Parisienne by Renoir, a coastal scene by Sisley and canvases by Cézanne and Van Gogh.
- Greater Manchester
Impressionism wasn't only a Gallic phenomenon, and Manchester Art Gallery is home to an impressive collection of Impressionist works by artists from both sides of the channel. Works by major French painters including Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley and Pierre-Auguste Renoir are shown alongside pieces by British artists such as George Clausen, John Singer Sargent and Philip Wilson Steer, who all embraced French art.