The Fondation Louis Vuitton presents “The Courtauld Collection”

From February 20 to June 17, 2019, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will present more than 110 Impressionist masterpieces, including some of the most famous French paintings from the late 19th to early 20th century.

The exhibition presents the collection of the British entrepreneur and art patron Samuel Courtauld.

“Un bar aux Folies Bergères” by Édouard Manet

©Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

In under ten years, the captain of industry and avid francophile used his immense wealth to acquire one of the most stunning collections of Impressionist art ever seen and played a decisive role in gaining recognition for Impressionism in the United Kingdom.

These works include “Un bar aux Folies Bergère” by Manet or “Les Joueurs de cartes” by Cézanne.

“Les Joueurs de cartes” by Paul Cézanne

©Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

Arranged in chronological order, the exhibition spans three galleries and showcases also a set of ten watercolours by  J.M.W. Turner.

The exhibition of the Courtauld Collection embodies the Fondation’s aim to showcase the role of emblematic collectors from the history of art, following on from previous exhibitions.

Sources: Press release Fondation Louis Vuitton

Cover picture: ©Fondation Louis Vuitton / Iwan Baan