The Courtauld’s collection is the result of a series of gifts and bequests by some of the leading collectors of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Samuel Courtauld and Count Antoine Seilern. This has created a collection of great depth and quality which retains some of the character of its private origins. Many donations to the collection, including that of Samuel Courtauld, were motivated by the idea that the practice of art history requires the close study of high quality works of art.
The collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is displayed in the elegant setting of Somerset House, one of the city’s most dynamic cultural venues. The Gallery is particularly renowned for its unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin and the largest collection of Cézannes in the UK. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine works of sculpture and decorative arts.
The Courtauld’s gallery and shop are closed from September 3rd 2018 while we undertake a major transformation project called Courtauld Connects. This ambitious project will enable The Courtauld Gallery to significantly improve our visitor experience by putting accessibility at the heart of everything we do.
Select works from the collection will be on display during the closure through our National Partnerships, as well as partnerships with the National Gallery in London and an international tour. More information is available on the Courtauld Connects website: https://connects.courtauld.ac.uk/