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Shoppers queue up as China mall shows them the Monets

Hundreds of Chinese art lovers lined up at a Shanghai shopping mall Saturday to see the works of French Impressionist Claude Monet, as the country's biggest ever exhibition of his paintings opened. The 40 Monet works drawn from the private Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris are arranged in chronological order and include some from his emblematic "Water Lilies" series. Organisers hope between 200,000 and 300,000 people will view the three-month show, but will limit daily visitors to 3,000 over security concerns.

Dutch art heist thief jailed in Romania, paintings still missing

A Romanian man who masterminded the theft of seven masterpieces from a Dutch museum was sentenced to nearly seven years in jail on Tuesday, but the fate of the paintings remains a mystery. Radu Dogaru, 29, had admitted planning the three-minute heist of works by Picasso, Monet and Gauguin in October 2012 at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, dubbed the "theft of the century" in the Netherlands. Despite an estimated value of 18 million euros ($24 million), none of the paintings was equipped in the museum with an alarm.

Madrid exhibition shows off Impressionist outdoor works

An exhibition showing off colourful open-air artworks by major Impressionist painters such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet is set to open its doors in Madrid on Tuesday. The "Impressionism and Open-Air Painting" show at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum features 113 works and explores the evolution of outdoor painting -- an art-form perceived as having transformed the world of painting during the 19th century as Impressionists took it to its apex. Previously, artists had commonly produced landscape paintings indoors by using sketches.

Extended hours for major Edouard Manet show in London

* London's Royal Academy stages Manet exhibition * Extends opening hours, anticipates big crowds * Manet hailed by some as "father of modern art" * Over 50 works brought together from around world By Mike Collett-White LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Bold claims have been made on behalf of 19th century French painter Edouard Manet - that he invented modern art, or was the man who bridged realism and impressionism.
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