Russian exhibition featuring Monet, Renoir, and Rousseau displayed at National Palace Museum in Taipei this weekend

Monet’s classic ‘Luncheon on the Grass’ unpacked in Taipei and ready for Nov. 17 debut

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“Luncheon on the Grass” by Claude Monet (image from WikiArt)

“Luncheon on the Grass” by Claude Monet (image from WikiArt)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The National Palace Museum, in partnership with the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, will display 65 pieces of art from the world-renowned Russian museum from Nov. 17 to Feb. 17, 2019.

Famous French impressionist Claude Monet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” ("Le déjeuner sur l'herbe") will take center stage in the exhibition, and the priceless painting was unpacked in Taipei on Nov. 13, reported CNA.

The exhibition titled “Masterpieces of French landscape painting from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow” will showcase classic works of French landscape painting from the 17th to 20th centuries, and will feature some leading examples of the impressionist and post-impressionist movements.

Works by 48 world renowned recognized artists will be on display, including pieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri Rousseau.

The National Palace Museum said this is the first large-scale international exhibition held by the Pushkin Museum in recent years, and added the collaboration is an opportunity to deepen art and culture exchange between Taiwan and Russia.

“Luncheon on the Grass” is one of Monet’s early classics, and is sure to be a hit. The painting was undertaken in 1866, and depicts a scenic picnic, in a style emblematic of early impressionism.

Monet failed to complete the piece before the 1866 Salon in Paris, and mothballed the project. Sometime later, he cut the painting into three fragments, of which only two parts survive today.

The exhibition will take place in the special exhibition room on the first floor of the library of the National Palace Museum from Nov. 17, 2018 to Feb. 17, 2019