Courtauld Gallery - Artists at Work

Artists have long taken pleasure in representing themselves at work, in their studios or academies, out and about in a landscape or recording their own likeness. Immersed in nature, artists are often shown almost lost in the geographical vastness they are recording. Depictions of the artist in the studio are about creative concentration and introspection and, like self-portraits, are reflections on practice and identity. The care taken in recording the studio apparatus of easels, palettes, or assistants grinding pigments, indicates their significance for practitioners. The studio might be the everyday workshop of dirty brushes and sculptural debris, but it is also the place of allegory and myth where artists perform or dream. Through a selection of drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, this exhibition aims to illustrate the range in which artists have represented themselves and others making art.
Fanny Guillaume de Bassoncourt, Baronne de Molaret (1820-1888), Portrait of an artist at her easel, 1837, Private collection
Horst Janssen (1929-1995), The atelier of the sculptor Remo Rossi, Locarno (detail), 1972, Private collection, © DACS 2018
Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) Self-portrait with pencil and sketchbook, 1924, Private collection
Adolph von Menzel (1815-1905), Studies of a man painting (details), 1888, Private collection

Start date: May 3, 2018
End date: July 15, 2018
Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
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