London’s best and most famous galleries and museums

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Londoners as well as art-loving visitors always have a wide range of museums and art galleries to visit. Which we show you the best of them, as well as the best offers that can be seen in the capital now.

Pablo Picasso called Paul Cézanne “the father of us all” and his influence can be clearly seen in the art of the Cubists and the generations of avant-garde artists that followed. The Tate Modern exhibition follows the artist as an ambitious young painter from the southern Mediterranean, eager to make it in the capital, Paris.

Featuring several works premiering in the UK, the show traces his struggle between seeking official recognition and joining the budding Impressionists before following his own unique language.

There is also a gallery that has been collecting Lucian Freud’s work for ten years and has paintings from more than seven decades. It spans a lifetime of the work of one of Britain’s greatest painters, and charts how Freud’s painting changed during his long career, from his early, intimate works to his famous large-scale paintings and intimate nudes.

The sixty works include paintings of powerful public figures, along with private studies of friends and family. The familiar domestic setting gives way to the artist’s sparse studio—a place that becomes both a stage and a subject in itself—and the rough features of his early paintings are complemented by the expertly rendered flesh of his final works.

This remarkable exhibition The Making of Modernism is the UK’s first major exhibition dedicated to the pioneering women workers in Germany in the early 20th century: Paula Modersohn-Baker, Keith Kollwitz, Gabrielle Munter and Marianne Verifkin.

Women artists working in Germany in the early 20th century were at the forefront of modernism, exploring the tensions and contractions of their changing world through themes such as motherhood, intimacy, vibrant life in the city, and peace in the countryside.

By bringing together 65 works, from seven artists, many of whom had never been seen in the UK before, bringing modernity to the fore of each artist while highlighting the strong connections between them. Russian-born painter Marian Werfkin is a standout in this small but carefully curated show.

Her paintings often include somber-looking portraits or figures struggling on long roads, while circus scenes and portraits of dancers show her fascination with the full range of human experiences.

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