Soutine's Portraits : Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys - the exhibition catalogue from The Courtauld available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Soutine's Portraits : Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

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'The show is its own knockout experience requiring no explanations if you are at all intrigued by painters painting. But the catalogue adds a layer of fascination with clever comparisons between other people’s art and Soutine’s.' - The Evening Standard 

A handsome book of Chaim Soutine's portraits

Chaim Soutine (1893-1943) produced some of the most powerful and expressive portraits of modern times.  This book accompanies a major 2017 exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, London, which focuses upon one of his most important series of portraits; his paintings of cooks, waiters and bellboys who sat for him in Paris and the South of France during the 1920s. 

When he started the series, Soutine was living in near-poverty as a struggling artist. These portraits helped to lift him out of these desperate circumstances as they were soon admired by friends and become prized by collectors. Today, they are considered among his greatest achievements.

This publication brings together the most comprehensive group of Soutine's portraits. The book features the 21 paintings within the show. Each is reproduced as a full-size colour plate (allowing for the format, either half or full-length) with an accompanying description. The paintings are supplemented by several full-page details and some 47 supporting illustrations of related paintings, comparative works, photographs and other useful references, many of which are in colour.

Essays consider the place of these works in Soutine`s oeuvre, their context within “School Of Paris” painting and how they relate to the commercial world of hotels in the period in which they were painted.

  • Author: Barnaby Wright, Curator of Paintings before 1900, The Courtauld Gallery
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Date published: October 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1911300212
  • Product Dimensions: 26.0 x 21.6 cm