In conjunction with the exhibition The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism, four round tables will bring together art historians, curators, critics, experts, and collectors from around the world to discuss the history of the collection and the Courtauld Institute.
The first will examine Samuel Courtauld’s activities in the context of collections and philanthropy in the early twentieth century. French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, both for his own appreciation but also to educate a wider public.
The second, with Anna Gruetzner Robins and Sylvette Gaudichon, will explore the connections between Impressionism, literary circles, and art criticism in England in relation to the members of the Bloomsbury group, including economist John Maynard Keynes and art historian, painter, and critic Roger Fry.
The third will focus their attention on an artist Samuel Courtauld collected enthusiastically : Paul Cézanne.
The fourth round table will focus on the history of the Courtauld Institute.