Nick Pearson’s pick of three great artists in the Courtauld

Join us and discover Nick Pearson’s pick of three great artists whose work is on show in the Great Room at The Courtauld. Nick brings to life Manet, Monet and Gauguin and their works which form part of the magnificent Courtauld collection.


1 – 15 November

6.30 – 8.30pm

£10 per person

The Courtauld Gallery is a leading London gallery particularly known for its French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The collection contains some 530 paintings and over 26,000 drawings and prints. The gallery closed in 2018 for a major redevelopment and is due to reopen in November 2021. As part of the renovation, they have restored the Great Room to its original proportions and scale.

In this series of art appreciation lectures you learn about Nick Pearson’s pick of three great artists whose work is exhibited in the Great Room. You can join us in person at Dickens Yard, or online via Zoom.

First Lecture – 1 November

Edouard Manet is a key figure in the French Realism movement. The Gallery considers his work A Bar at the Folies-Bergere to be one of their major highlights. Nick also discusses other major works including Le dejeuner sur l’herbe which hangs at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The Courtauld has a later, smaller version of this famous painting.

Second Lecture – 8 November

Impressionist Claude Monet is also featured in the Great Room. Nick talks about several important works including Autumn Effect at Argenteuil and Antibes which are both in the Courtauld collection. Monet painted Autumn Effect at Argenteuil in 1873 which was a year before the first Impressionist exhibition. He painted Antibes in 1893 when he travelled to the south of France to take advantage of the light.

Third Lecture – 15 November

The Courtauld’s extraordinary collection of post-impressionism artwork includes Paul Gauguin’s Nevermore and Te Reoia (The Dream). He painted both pieces in 1897. Gauguin experimented boldly with colour and his methods led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art; while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral.

This is an ideal opportunity for you to discover Nick Pearson’s pick of three great artists before going to see their work when the Courtauld reopens on 19 November.

About the Tutor

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

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