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Courtauld Collection’s 19th Century Masterpieces Return to France with Fondation Louis Vuitton

Courtauld Collection’s 19th Century Masterpieces Return to France with Fondation Louis Vuitton
Édouard Manet’s “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère,” one of the Courtauld Collection pieces heading for Paris.
(Photograph: The Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Courtauld Collection’s rare 19th-century masterpieces will be returning to France with an exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton in February 2019. The exhibition is all set to bring back works by Cezanne, Renoir, Manet and Gauguin. These works are returning to the country of their long lost origin, France, to be exhibited for the first time in the last 50 years. The return to their native lands more than half a century after has been made possible with Fondation Louis Vuitton’s loan from Courtauld Gallery Collection in London. [The Guardian]

The Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Courtauld Gallery have recently announced the exhibition “The Courtauld Collection. Perspectives on Impressionism.” The exhibition will bring together London and Paris reminding the viewer of their history of artistic exchanges. The show has been brought to life with Samuel Courtauld’s extensive and elaborate collection of Impressionist art, which is renowned to be one of the most significant of such collections. Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) was an English industrialist and patron with a keen interest in impressionist art. [Fondation Louis Vuitton]

The press statement of Fondation Louis Vuitton reads: “Fondation Louis Vuitton thereby reaffirms its will to anchor its commitment to current creation in an historical perspective. ‘The Courtauld Collection. Perspectives on Impressionism’ is in line with previous exhibitions such as ‘Keys to a Passion’ (2014-2015), ‘Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection’ (2016-2017), and ‘Being Modern: MoMA in Paris’ (2017-2018).”

The exhibition assembles nearly 100s of pieces consisting of mainly paintings and also graphic works, all of which belonged to Samuel Courtauld and are now in the possession of the Courtauld Gallery, London, to enable French viewers to get a rare look into the art scene of late 19th and early 20th century Paris (Manet, Seurat, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin). Also featuring are watercolors by William Turner that was in the provenance of Samuel Courtauld’s brother, Stephen. [Fondation Louis Vuitton]

It’s also an exclusive window of opportunity for the viewers to explore the magnificence of the collection that once had a pioneering role to shape Britain’s perspective on Impressionist art and how Samuel Courtauld single-handedly built the very taste of United Kingdom. [Courtauld Collection]

A press statement from Courtauld Collection says: “Samuel Courtauld had apprenticed as a young man in France and when he became chairman of the company in 1921, he often returned to Paris to purchase Impressionist works of art from French dealers. He was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur for services to the arts in 1933. After his death, the Orangerie staged a commemorative exhibition in 1955, which marked the last time many of his works were seen in Paris, including Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear.” Several others have not been back since their purchase by Courtauld in the early 20th century.”

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