To the wonderful Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House in central London. It's just three minutes from where I work - but this summer we're moving. Only to Portland Place, so it's a long way short of purgatory. But I'll miss the Courtauld. And today I spent £6 - what a bargain - and popped in.
I was working on The Strand for many years before I cottoned on to the Courtauld. It doesn't shout about itself. But it is, to quote from its (on this occasion entirely justified) publicity leaflet, 'one of the finest small museums in the world'.
A marvellous collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings - Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Seurat, Renoir. And at the moment the considerable bonus of a joint exhibition of the paintings of Mondrian and Ben Nicholson.
Afterwards, a treat of tea and cake in the excellent basement cafe - this afternoon in the courtyard, not bad for mid-February.
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