Special Displays Archive

FRENCH PRINTS FROM MANET TO PICASSO

26 June – 5 October 2008

 

print by Matisse
Henri Matisse Seated Nude Woman, with tulle blouse, 1925
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery

Highlights from The Courtauld’s collection of 19th and early 20th century prints complemented the exhibition The Courtauld Cézannes. This was a rare opportunity to consider celebrated painters such as Manet, Renoir, Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso in their lesser-known capacity as print-makers. This fine group of prints, mostly depicting female subjects, also illustrated how these artists responded to a range of different print-making techniques. Works on display included Renoir’s delicate etching Reclining Female Nude, startlingly bold woodblock prints by Gauguin and Matisse’s powerful lithograph Seated Nude Woman.