About this event:
There were eight Impressionist exhibitions all taking place in Paris in a relatively small area of the city. Paris though is the second city of Impressionists, since Monet and Pissarro both avoided Napoleon the third’s ridiculous and doomed ‘Franco-Prussian’ war. If they hadn’t taken refuge in London the first modernist movement would never have been.
The First City of Impressionism
London then is the first city of Impressionism. The place the two friends took in the Thames, the houses of parliament and the general industrial tumult. While in London the pair admired the late work of Turner whose diffused painterly application and choice of subject predicted some of the obsessions of the great French movement. Monet and Pissarro were founder, and quintessential Impressionists. Monet founded the movement and Pissarro showed work in each of the eight shows. This exhibition explores their time in London with many lesser known beautiful works on show.
“The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870 – 1904) is the first exhibition to map the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers during a traumatic period in French history. Highlighting their engagement with British culture, traditions and social life, their art is a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting French artists and the remarkable works that came from their time here are not to be missed,” Tate Britain publicity page
The time in London was formative and not simply a way to avoid death in a pointless and unpopular war, although that too is a good reason to visit a foreign city! The Impressionists are a wonderfully optimistic movement. Understanding the seeds of their burgeoning artistic obsessions, its hope and energy can do us all good in these Brexit-driven, post-fact times.
The show runs until April.
FREE for Members
Adult £19.70 (£17.70 without donation)
Senior £18.70 (£16.70 without donation)
Concession £17.90 (£15.90 without donation)
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery