The Courtauld Institute of Art: The Courtauld Gallery

Overview

The Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Institute of Art is collaborating with ARTstor to share approximately 8,100 images of works in the permanent collection of The Courtauld Gallery in the Digital Library. The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world, with a collection that spans the art historical canon from the early Renaissance to the 20th century. The Gallery is renowned for its outstanding collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings that illustrate the development of modern French painting, including such iconic masterpieces as Edouard Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1881-1882), Pierre-Auguste Renoir's La Loge (1874), Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889), and Paul Gauguin's Nevermore (1897). It holds the largest collection of works by Paul Cézanne in Britain, as well as a fine selection of paintings, drawings, and bronzes by Edgar Degas. Coverage of the 20th century extends to the French Fauves (André Derain, Raoul Dufy, Henri Matisse, and Maurice de Vlaminck), German Expressionists (Erich Heckel, Alexej von Jawlensky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Max Pechstein), and modern British artists, including the Bloomsbury Group (Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Ben Nicholson, and Graham Sutherland). The Gallery also houses rich collections of sculpture and decorative arts, Gothic and Medieval paintings, Renaissance masterworks, and an important group of paintings and drawings by Peter Paul Rubens. There is an impressive range of works on paper — drawings, watercolours, and prints representing the major schools of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including masterpieces by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, Rembrandt van Rijn, and J.M.W. Turner.

The Courtauld Gallery is located at Somerset House, an 18th century building designed by William Chambers on the banks of the Thames river in Central London. In 1932, Samuel Courtauld founded The Courtauld Institute of Art and donated his personal collection of art, which formed the core of the Gallery's permanent collection. Also based at Somerset House, the Institute is one of the world's leading centres for the study of art history and conservation. An independent college of the University of London, the Institute offers exceptional resources for students, including the Gallery's collections and outstanding research libraries and image archives. As part of its collaboration with ARTstor, the Institute will also share approximately 34,000 images of architecture and sculpture from the photoarchives of the Conway Library in the Digital Library.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 8,100
Percentage of completion 7%

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: January 11, 2012

Image Credits

Vincent van Gogh | Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889 | Image and original data provided by The Courtauld Gallery, London; courtauld.ac.uk/gallery | © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld

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