We visited the Courtald gallery in London and enjoyed their excellent collection. We were allowed to take pictures so I decided to post some of the paintings that, to me, seemed a bit unusual. This one is by Claude Monet and reminds me of the Canadian Group of Seven paintings that were done in Algonquin park. I had to take the photos on an angle to minimize glare.
We've all seen the Sunflowers and the self-portrait minus an ear by Van Gogh, but this is a much gentler painting with lots of space and tranquility.
Another painting by Monet. Very simple, but so well done.
I love this painting by Henri Rousseau. Many of his famous paintings feature fantastic jungle scenes with tigers and other exotic animals, but this is a picture of where he worked as a customs collector.
What an imagination he had!
I was really struck by the expression of this portrait by Gainsborough. It is a picture of his wife and he managed to capture so much personality in the portrait. Unfortunately, the glare detracts from the photo, but it is a very special portrait.
This is the stairwell of the gallery. It's as pretty as a picture.