Chota

Chota

Friday, 29 July 2011

{Toulouse-Lautrec & Jane Avril at the Courtauld}


Last night I went to a special event at the Courtauld (where I did my Masters). I was joined by my dear friend from High School, Melissa. It was a fantastic evening.
There was a special exhibition of Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril. We first enjoyed a glass of wine in the Gallery's Cafe, outside, surrounded by the amazing architecture of Somerset House. We then went into the galleries. The Courtauld has the biggest & best collection of Impressionist paintings outside France. Actually it houses seriously my favourite impressionist paintings--you wander from room to room amazed at Manets, Monets, Renoirs, Cezannes & Van Goghs.
Since it was one of the Late Night openings, there was special entertainment: can-can dancing, a room where you could sit down and play board games, special cocktails being served in the cafe, & if you came in costume you got free admission.
{a man in flaneur costume, looking at Manet's Bar at the Folies Bergere--YES the original!}

{can-can dancer}

{flaneur enjoying the can-can entertainment}

{can can can you do the can-can? Yes, that is the ORIGINAL Renoir's La Loge behind her--what a setting!}

{to the left, Degas' ballerinas & Renoir's La Loge}
I love the stairs at the Courtauld--fantastic!
more soon!
L

4 comments:

  1. that flaneur looks remarkably like Ray LaMontaigne

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  2. you're hilarious--how did you even get that from that far away shot? It was AMAZING though. you would've loved it!

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  3. Most impressed by the chap in the "flaneur costume", whoever he is?

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  4. I have no idea! You got free admission if you dressed in costume. He's definitely dressing the part!

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