Friday, 1 July 2011
Making Connections ~ The Time Line
The Courtauld is one of those small galleries, of which there are several dotted around the capital, where you turn a corner and suddenly come across one of the world's great paintings, like this one by Manet. If you'd asked me where I thought this was I would have hazarded the National or the Louvre or the Prada. I wouldn't have expected to find it tucked away down a London side alley.
I had as much pleasure though from looking around the rest of the gallery. As well as the Manet they have some wonderful Van Gogh and Degas as well as an interesting collection of paintings by Rubens and it was the Rubens which brought home to me gaps in my knowledge that I know I have to do something about.
Well, there is no point in simply bewailing my lack of understanding, is there? I need to do something about it and I'm going to, but that is for another post.
Oh, and before any of you ask, yes, of course I went to Fortnum and Mason for afternoon tea. This time I replaced the scones with a slice of Raspberry Yoghurt Cake but unfortunately I can't find a picture of this magnificent confection. I should have taken one before I demolished it. Anyway, I can definitely recommend you treat yourself, just be prepared to explain the bill to your bank manager next time you see him!