Tate curators have so far chosen 87 works for the exhibition, called Tate 100, which will open next May. They range from Hogarth and Constable and Blake to the Pre-Raphaelites, Turner, the surrealists, Cezanne, Rodin and Matisse. It is among 20th century artists that there are the most glaring omissions.
Art critic Brian Sewell described the works so far selected as "a dog's dinner of elementary art history dotted with old favourites and what the panjandrums believe to be good for us. It is almost without rhyme or reason, far more remarkable for its omissions than its inclusions".
As part of its centenary celebrations, the Tate will extend its opening hours to Sunday mornings from 10am.