Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings
Opens: 14/06/2012 Closes: 09/09/2012 The Courtauld GalleryThe Courtauld Gallery is delving into its impressive permanent collection for an examination of 500 years of art history that pushes drawing to the forefront. Works by Picasso, Da Vinci and Rembrandt explore what is often the crucial step between imagination and full realization, with experimental sketches and formal preparations for paintings among the works on display. For more information visit: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/2012/master-drawings/index.shtml Buy: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/tickets/index.shtml
The Arts Desk“The superstars of official art history...” We have a terrific parade of works here, only a few disappointments (a mediocre Picasso is one), it feels like a privilege to be among them. For a relatively small show you feel exhausted by the end of it, there’s so much variety and neck-cranking.
Evening Standard“Tedious titillation of the appetite...” It is an omnium gatherum that serves little purpose in terms of education and instruction in the techniques and purposes of drawing. The misquotation is deliberate for I see the progression from Mantegna to Matisse as a decline...
Financial Times“One of the UK’s most significant collections of drawings...” Throughout, the Courtauld strikes a balance between spontaneous, impulsive sketches. Seurat’s magisterial “Female Nude” is a form that emerges dazzlingly from a web of intricate, curving crayon lines...
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