Jennifer Seymour, Individual Campaigns and Legacies Manager
In this occasional series we ask Courtauld staff to tell us about their favourite painting in the collection.
My favourite painting in the Gallery is Paul Cézanne’s Lac d’Annecy.
When I first started at The Courtauld, I knew very little about art and our amazing collection. In my first few weeks in post, we held a telethon to raise money for our 80th anniversary Annual Fund appeal.
Whilst going through the notes from our student callers, I read about one call with a long-standing supporter of The Courtauld, who said she loved the painting Lac d’Annecy so much that she asked her husband to take her there on their honeymoon.
Paul Cézanne, Lac d’Annecy, 1896
Intrigued and touched by this story, I just had to see the painting for myself. I adored it immediately, and every time I see it I am not only reminded of the lovely honeymoon story, but I also find something new to admire about it. I find Cézanne’s use of colour spectacular and I love the way the whole scene is framed by the tree – to me, it gives the painting more depth. I always feel very peaceful when I look at it.
I find it wonderful to wander round the Gallery and imagine so many of the paintings hanging in Samuel Courtauld’s house in Portman Square, which was the original home of The Courtauld for over 60 years.
In 1932, Samuel Courtauld, Robert Witt and Viscount Lee of Fareham came together to bequeath the collections that were the founding of The Courtauld. Today, the legacy gifts we receive help support the future of The Courtauld, enabling us to care for our world-class collections and supporting future generations of students.
Find out more about leaving a gift in your will here