Exhibition “Les Impressionnistes à Londres” at Petit Palais
London calling! In 1870-1871, what with the Franco-Prussian war, the fall of the Second Empire and the Paris Commune, Paris is no longer the world’s partying ground. England, then at the height of its power, is thus the perfect country of asylum for a number of painters who considered it a bonus to find a promising art market in London with rich collectors like Crésus. It was not just about big business: there were artistic exchanges as well – for example we know the importance of the discovery of Turner for Monet.
The Petit Palais looks back at this exile of impressionists (thus Monet, as also Pissarro and Sisley) who in the wake of Carpeaux, Tissot and Daubigny and with the support of the businessman Durand-Ruel, will try to establish themselves on the Victorian lands. A swinging London which will end with the early 1900s with Derain. Woe betide anyone who paints badly!
From 21 June to 14 September
Avenue Winston Churchill
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