It is the final two weeks to catch the Courtauld Gallery's magnificent exhibition of Norwegian painter 'Edvard Munch, Masterpieces from Bergen' which ends September 4th. The show is a must-see if visiting London, not only for it's excellence, but the Courtauld (a wing of Somerset House) is an exemplary case of neoclassical architecture of the Georgian period, the perfect setting for a day out.
'Masterpieces from Bergen' is the title of the show and it does not disappoint. Dealing with Munch's essential subjects of sex, death, anxiety and love, the curators of the exhibition define it as one of the greatest collections of Munch's works ever to be shown in the UK.
Painted between 1863 and 1944, the exhibition comprises 18 paintings collected by Rasmus Meyer - a man who championed Munch throughout his career and who knew him personally. Upon Meyer's death, he donated his collection to the city of Bergen, which then built a gallery space specially for it. This is the first time that the paintings have been shown together outside of Scandinavia.