Unfinished... works from the Courtauld Gallery

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
Admission: GBP 7 (entry to Courtauld Gallery, this exhibition is free) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 20/09/2015
Opening Times
Monday: 1000 - 1800
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed 25 and 26 December. There are some late nights until 9 pm check their calendar.
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Artist drawing from the model (unfinished), Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
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What is behind the word "unfinished" who and for which reason a painting, sculpture or drawing is mentioned as "unfinished" ?

The Courtauld Gallery will show a panel of masterpieces from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that are known for being rightly or wrongly described as "unfinished".

Many of the works on display were set aside by a dissatisfied artist or left incomplete upon their death, providing a fascinating insight into the interrupted artistic process.

Others occupy a more ambiguous territory: The impressionists were widely criticised for displaying works that looked unfinished and the late nineteenth century saw clashes between artistic intention and public reception.

These significant works of art allows us to explore what it means for an artist to consider a work as finished, and what happens when critics disagree.

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