Before Impressionism had earned its iconic name, the artists of the movement were still finding their bearings in the art world. This navigation became paramount in 1870, when the onset of the Franco-Prussian War forced many future artistic masters to leave Paris and find sanctuary across the English Channel in London.

"The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London," on view at Tate Britain from 2 November 2017 to 7 May 2018, examines this import of French artists and the impact it bore on English artists. Featuring works by masters such as Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Camille Pissarro, all essential figures in the rise of Impressionism, the showcase illustrates both how artists absorbed British life and culture and how they left a lasting impact on British approaches to painting.