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French masterpieces shine at Expo

04-29-2010 09:20 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Seven artistic masterpieces from France have traveled all the way from their home country to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The six paintings and one sculpture will be displayed at France Pavilion and promise every art lover an experience not to be missed.

The seven masterpieces are on loan from the collections at Musee d'Orsay in Paris and were delivered to Shanghai one at a time in seven planes.

They are Jean-Francois Millet's "The Angelus," Edouard Manet's "The Balcony," Paul Cezanne's "Woman with Coffee Pot," Vincent Van Gogh's "The Dance Hall in Arles," Paul Gauguin's "The Bananas," Pierre Bonnard's "The Toilet," and August Rodin's sculpture "The Age of Bronze."

The display can be seen beginning May the 1st, and is the first time these pieces will be shown together outside of France.

Vincent Van Gogh's "The Dance Hall in Arles," August Rodin's sculpture "The Age of Bronze."
Vincent Van Gogh's "The Dance Hall in Arles," August
Rodin's sculpture "The Age of Bronze."(behind)

Apart from the rare items from France, the country of Belgium joins the fray by bringing along their national treasure - "Gelle Fra", or in English, "Golden Lady." The statue was created by Luxembourg's renowned artist Claus Cito in 1923. It will be set upon a three-meter tall steel pedestal at the entrance of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the expo.

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