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Prints from The Courtauld Gallery to be exhibited at Royal Holloway for the first time

Prints from The Courtauld Gallery to be exhibited at Royal Holloway for the first time

  • Date14 November 2019

Royal Holloway will present Impressions of Modern Life: Prints from The Courtauld Gallery, an exhibition showcasing 24 prints by world-renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Édouard Manet and Henri Matisse.


Impressions of Modern Life will be an opportunity to learn about modern print culture and printmaking techniques, and to see modern life in Paris throughout the late 19th and early 20th century through the eyes of some of the world's most influential artists.

The exhibition will also explore the process of printmaking at the turn of the century, as well as how and why these artists, most often celebrated as painters, were experimenting with this medium.

Dr Imogen Tedbury, Assistant Curator at Royal Holloway and co-curator of the exhibition, said: “We’re very excited about this exhibition, as works by Manet, Matisse, Gauguin and Picasso have never been exhibited in at Royal Holloway before. The exhibition will present a clear and enjoyable introduction to many of the artists associated with Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, as well as an introduction to the history and techniques of printmaking.

“As we have such a strong collection of Victorian artworks by leading British artists, it is wonderful to present this unique loan exhibition of graphic masterpieces by their pioneering French contemporaries.”

Dr Barnaby Wright, Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery, said: “As a university art museum we are especially delighted to partner and collaborate with Royal Holloway, University of London colleagues. We hope the presentation of these 24 extraordinary Impressionist and Post-Impressionist prints will provide an opportunity for a wide range of visitors to experience and enjoy these works from The Courtauld Gallery’s collection.”

Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London, said: “The Impressions of Modern Life exhibition provides a unique opportunity for students, staff and the local community to access, here on our campus, the work of some of the world’s most influential artists. We hope that people will take the time to visit this prestigious collection of artwork.”

The Courtauld Gallery is closed temporarily for a major transformation project, Courtauld Connects, providing an opportunity for masterpieces from the collection to travel to France and Japan, as well as partner institutions across the UK.

The Courtauld Institute of Art were founded by Samuel Courtauld and others in 1932 with a remarkable art collection at its heart. Courtauld believed in the transformative power of art and the importance of the study of art history. The art collection, displayed at The Courtauld Gallery, has always been central to the Institute’s teaching in the University of London.

Admission into the exhibition at Royal Holloway is free and open to members of the general public daily from 10am to 6pm. 

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