The Franco-Prussian War of 1870, the fall of the Second Empire and the Paris Commune pushed a number of artists installed in France to seek refuge in the United Kingdom. London was a safe haven for the artists who left Paris, but the choice of their destination was also guided by the idea that the art market there was more dynamic.
Some artists were already well-known (Carpeaux, Tissot, Daubigny); others would become known by teaching their art (Legros, Dalou), while future Impressionists (Pissarro, Monet, Sisley) had difficulty convincing the English audience.
Co-organized with the Tate Britain in London, the exhibition brings together more than one hundred masterpieces born on the banks of the Thames in the misty, industrial atmosphere of Victorian London. The story ends in 1904 with Derain, who came to paint London in the colors of Fauvism.
From 21 June to 14 October 2018
Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 to 18.00
Tickets : full price €13, discount €11
James Tissot, Bal sur le pont, vers 1874, huile sur toile. Tate, Londres, don de The Trustees of the Chankey Bequest, 1937. © Tate 2017. Photo : David Lambert.
James Tissot, La Galerie du «HMS Calcutta» (Portsmouth), vers 1876, Huile sur toile, Tate, Londres, don de Samuel Courtaud en 1936. © Tate 2017. Photo : Lucy Dawkins et Samuel Cole.
André Derain, Le Bassin de Londres, 1906, huile sur toile, Tate, Londres, don de The Trustees of the hantrey Bequest, 1951. © ADAGP Paris et DACS London.