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Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys brings together a collection of portraits by the Parisian painter Chaim Soutine, who many regard as the true heir to Vincent van Gogh.
Soutine was fascinated by the lowly and overlooked cooks and waiters that staffed French hotels and restaurants, and from the 1920s onwards he asked them to sit for him in their boldly coloured uniforms. The result was a series of powerful portraits that showed the emotion and deep sense of humanity that could be found in such modest sitters.
It was these portraits that helped to establish Soutine's reputation, and turned him from a struggling artist into a wealthy one.
Craig’s review of Courtauld Gallery – “When people sit at home planning their itinerary they usually pencil in an hour or two for a gallery (they have to squeeze in a bit of culture), but it's usually the National or Tate Modern. That's enough art for most people. They don't want to overdose on it. But if you're seriously into paintings then here's a tip from me: the best ones to visit are the National Gal… continued”
Poster Girls — A century of art and design – 13 Oct 2017 to 1 Jan 2019 – Poster Girls celebrates the work of female designers who worked for London Transport over the last 100 years
Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery – Every Fri – Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
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If you enjoy Courtauld Gallery then you might like to visit National Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Temple to Charing Cross), Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Temple to Piccadilly Circus), Somerset House (you can walk there in less than 1 min), Tate Britain (walk it in 30 mins or catch the tube from Temple to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (catch the train from Temple to Bond Street)
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