Top French impressionist works go east

24th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

HONG KONG, May 24 (AFP) - Some 50 paintings worth EUR 500 million (USD 417 million) will be shown in Hong Kong and China in the largest ever exhibition of impressionist art in Asia, the French consulate said Monday.

HONG KONG, May 24 (AFP) - Some 50 paintings worth EUR 500 million (USD 417 million) will be shown in Hong Kong and China in the largest ever exhibition of impressionist art in Asia, the French consulate said Monday.

Paintings by legendary artists like Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Paul Cezanne will be among the works unveiled in October.

"We are delighted to present for the first time in Asia one of the most important masterpieces, which will help people in China and Hong Kong understand French heritage," said Marianne Mathieu, an official at Paris' renowned Musee d'Orsay, which is organising the France in China show.

"The exhibition will help people to understand the differences of both cultures and appreciate the similarities that exist," she said.

"By showing still-lifes, portraits and landscapes, visitors will appreciate the impressive diversity of the impressionists' topics," the French consulate said.

The paintings go on show at Beijing's Palace of Fine Arts in October before moving to the Museum of Fine Arts in Shanghai and then the Art Museum in Hong Kong.

Among the works will be Manet's 1866 masterpiece "Le Fifre", worth EUR 46 million, Degas' "Dans un cafe, dit l'Absinthe", worth EUR 40 million, and "Le classe de danse", valued at EUR 25 million.

Monet's "Cathedrale de Rouen: harmonie brune", worth EUR 30 million will also be on show.

For security reasons, the paintings will be delivered in five separate shipments, each insured for EUR 100 million, Mathieu said.

© AFP

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