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April 8, 2006
From journal 3 Days in London
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
July 10, 2002
I got to Courtauld Gallery through the Somerset House which is located right on the Thames Embankment and the closest subway station is Temple (closed on Sundays). If you walk through the Somerset House you will find yourself in a large yard with fountains in the middle and Courtauld Gallery all the way across the yard, entrance on the left under the archway.
This museum has a large collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist paintings, as well as some old masters. As you enter, the first floor has paintings and frescoes of Italian Renaissance from 14th-16th centuries, the most interesting of which is large altar piece by Botticelli. In other rooms of the first floor you can find paintings by Lucas Cranach, Rubens, Van Dyck and Tiepolo. To get to the rest of the collection, you have to take the stairs to the second floor (or an elevator), where you will find a great collection of impressionists and post-impressionists. As you enter from the stairs, for me it was as close to heaven as you can get. You see paintings by Renoir, Monet, Seurat, Degas, several of the most famous Cezanne paintings, Gaugin, Van-Gogh, Manet, Sisley, Pissarro staring at you from the walls. These are the paintings that you see in the catalogs, that you know so well, and now you finally get to see them in real life, real size, they are so close you almost can touch them. To the side there is a small room with paintings by Modigliani, Bonnard, Vuillard, Soutine, Kandinsky. This is truly a great collection and I would recommend everybody to visit it if you haven’t already, my only regret is that they don’t allow to take pictures.
From journal London in May
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
April 6, 2001
Street Markets and Pubs of London,
London ...There is no place like it...
October 13, 2000
From journal A WEEK IN LONDON