From the 2nd November, Tate Britain will present an exhibition looking at the stories of French artists who sought refuge in Britain during the Franco-Prussian War. 

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Kew Green, Camille Pissarro, 1892. (c) Musee d’Orsay. 

Bringing over 100 works  by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and others together, Tate Britain’s autumn exhibition will look at the work of French artists who sought refuge in Britain during the Franco-Prussian War and map the artistic networks they built in Britain and consider the aesthetic impact London had on the artists’ work.

The exhibition will reveal  the mentorship Monet received from Charles-François Daubigny and consider the significant role of opera singer and art patron Jean-Baptiste Faure and the work that he owned.

Impressionists in London will partly examine the central role of Alphonse Legros in French émigré networks and the largest section of the exhibition will be devoted to representations of the Thames.  This section will feature the largest grouping of Monet’s Houses of Parliament series in Europe for over 40 years, as well as how depictions of the river and London developed into a key theme in French art.

Highlights of the exhibition include Sisley’s Molesey Weir, Hampton Court, Morning 1874, Alphonse Legros’s The Tinker1874 and Pissarro’s Kew Green 1892 .

The purpose of the exhibition will be to highlight French artists engagement with British culture, traditions and social life.

The exhibition will be curated by Dr Caroline Corbeau-Parsons in collaboration with the Petit Palais and Paris Musées.

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London will be on display at Tate Britain from the 2nd November until the 7thh May 2018. For more information visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/ey-exhibition-impressionists-london

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