69 masterpieces from Musee d'Orsay displayed in China

Indo Asian News Service

Beijing, April 8 (IANS) A collection of 69 masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris are on display at the Taipei Palace Museum from Saturday.

The paintings include "Rest from Work" by Vincent Van Gogh, "The Gleaners" by Jean-Francois Millet and "Young Girls at the Piano" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir as well as works by Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin, Xinhua news agency reported.

The exhibition, "Musee d'Orsay: The Aesthetic Worlds of the 19th Century", will run until July 24 and has been arranged as part of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the Musee d'Orsay.

The exhibits have been insured for more than 400 million Euros ($424 million).

The exhibition is divided into five sections -- Romanticism and Classicism; Academism and Realism; Impressionism and Naturalism; Symbolism and Eclecticism; and a section for modern art of the 20th century.

The Taipei museum said the scale of this exhibition is unparalleled in its history.

The Musee d' Orsay, located on the banks of the Seine and across the river from the Louvre, is often called the most beautiful museum in Europe.

Founded in December 1986, the museum mainly collects works between 1848 and 1914 and attracts more than 3.5 million visitors every year.

--IANS

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