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The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition is devoted to the subject of 'artists at work'. As well as showing scenes of the artists at work -- perhaps just a little figure sitting in a landscape -- they also depict the artists' own studios, recording all the clutter, casts and human models that make up an everyday studio.
Art historians have pondered the meaning behind the pictures: were they a way of elevating the status of the artist? A way to show off their intellectual knowledge and skill? Or just a pure piece of visual art?
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.
Sir Richard Wallace — The Collector – 20 Jun 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The Wallace Collection's new exhibition will highlight the contributions made by the museum's founder, Sir Richard Wallace.
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Find more art exhibitions this month
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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