Monet's 'Luncheon on the Grass' to debut at NPM in November

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Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) "Luncheon on the Grass," a classic work by French impressionist painter Claude Monet, will make its debut in Taiwan at an exhibition slated to open Nov. 17 at the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei, the show's organizers said Monday.

The exhibition will feature 65 landscape paintings by 48 renowned artists from the 17th-20th centuries loaned by the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, with a particular focus on impressionist and post-impressionist works.

One of the highlights is Monet's "Luncheon on the Grass" (1865-1866), which depicts the Parisian middle class enjoying a picnic in the forests of Fontainebleau sometime in Autumn, which was painted by the artist in his 20s just before the dawn of Impressionism, according to the organizers.

Inspired by Edouard Manet's masterpiece of the same name, Monet began his own "Luncheon on the Grass" in the spring of 1865.

Monet had hoped to finish the large scale painting for the 1866 Salon but was unable to complete it in time and eventually abandoned it. In 1884, he cut the work into three parts, two of which have survived to the present day and a third which has since disappeared.

It is possible that his failure with the large composition prompted Monet to make a smaller version and the only full record of that work is a much smaller sketch at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, according to the organizers.

Other artists whose works will be featured in the NPM exhibition are Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri Rousseau.

The NPM exhibition will be divided into several categories for visitors to trace the development of modern French landscape painting and travel through natural landscapes, rustic life, bustling Parisian streets and boundless landscapes of the imagination.

The exhibition will run until Feb. 17, 2019, according to the organizers.

(By Sabine Cheng and Evelyn Kao)
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