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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!


  1. that flaneur looks remarkably like Ray LaMontaigne

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

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

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