Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Loge (Theatre box), 1874, oil on canvas.
This exhibition of over forty works is centered around the loan of 26 masterpieces from the Courtauld Gallery, which is closing temporarily in September 2018 as part of a major transformation project: Courtauld Connects. With the largest number of works from Courtauld’s private collection ever to be seen at the National Gallery, Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne traces the development of modern French painting from the 1860s to the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition, arranged chronologically in 12 sections - each devoted to a different artist – includes the works of such key figures as Daumier, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, and Bonnard. The exhibition also focuses on the vision, taste, and motivation of Courtauld as he shaped two collections: one for his and his wife’s own enjoyment, and the other for the nation, with equal tenacity and dedication.
Highlights from Courtauld’s private collection, now part of the Courtauld Gallery, include Renoir’s 'La Loge (Theatre Box)' (1874), Cézanne’s 'The Card Players' (about 1892–6) and 'Lac d’Annecy' (1896), Toulouse-Lautrec's 'Jane Avril in the Entrance to the Moulin Rouge' (about 1892), Manet’s 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère' (1882), and Seurat's 'Young Woman Powdering Herself' (about 1888–90).
(Image © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London)