French Artists in Exile
In 1870, France was at war with Prussia. The capital was under siege and Parisians had to face the cold, lack of food and permanent insecurity. To flee the war, many artists went into exile in London, which gave them a refuge from the conflict affecting the continent.
Claude Monet, hoping to escape conscription, along with other Impressionist painters, crossed the Channel and settled in the English capital, where they found new subjects of inspiration and a booming art market. Painters weren’t the only artists to take refuge in London, French composers also fled to England and even composed some of their greatest works here. Let’s discover their exploits in London!