French Impressionists bring colour and beauty to Melbourne

Matilda McKenna was among the eager crowd attending the launch of French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston exhibition at NGV International in Melbourne on Friday. The exhibition comprises 110 works — 79 of them never seen in Australia. The artists showcased include Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne and Vincent van Gogh.The exhibition was scheduled to open before the recent lockdown.NGV director Tony Ellwood said: “On one level it has been heartbreaking knowing all this art was sitting here, and it’s only here for a finite period of time. “The flip side is, during that time, we’ve perfected every detail, and our way of keeping ourselves going was to make sure this was going to be perfect when we did reopen.“We expect audiences to delight in the pure joy and escapism of these paintings.”The exhibition runs until October 3.

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