Fleeing war-torn France

“I must admit the climate is most unusual: the number of wonderful effects I’ve seen in the two months or so that I’ve been looking incessantly at the Thames is unbelievable” – Claude Monet 

Claude_Monet-Houses of Parliament London

Houses of Parliament, London –
Claude Monet

Art is often embedded in history, reflecting and influencing society’s ups and down. As France was devastated during and after the Franco-Prussian war and the Paris Commune, local artists sought refuge across the Channel in the 1870s. There they settled, either temporarily or permanently, forging friendships and experiencing a local life quite different to the one they had left behind.

These artists included the impressionists Claude Monet, Camille Pisarro and several others. To bring to life these connections, the Tate Britain is currently holding “The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904)”. The exhibition stages the Anglo-French co-operation between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers as well as viewing British society through the eyes of French. Parks, the Thames, regattas and processions are some of the subjects of the works on display. There are views of a foggy 19th century London such as Claude Monet’s “Houses of Parliament, Effect of sunlight in the fog” or Camille Pisarro’s “Fox Hill, Upper Norwood”.

The exhibition is on until 7 May 2017 – see our Diary page for the link.

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