Photo/IllutrationClaude Monet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” (1866) ((c) The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.)

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Fifty masterpieces from Moscow's Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will go on display for the first time in Japan this year.

The exhibition will be held at the capital's Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from April 14 to July 8 and the National Museum of Art, Osaka, from July 21 to Oct. 14.

Titled “Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings from The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow,” the event is co-sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun.

It covers a total of 65 works from the 17th to 20th centuries.

The museum's prized collection includes Claude Monet’s early masterpiece “Luncheon on the Grass” (1866) and Claude Lorrain’s “The Rape of Europe” (1655), which depicts a mystical world in an exquisitely drawn landscape.

The exhibition, under the theme of “French landscape paintings and journeys,” suggests that improvements in transportation networks due to the Industrial Revolution and development of portable painting kits gave artists an opportunity to expand their travel horizons.

Pushkin Museum director Marina Loshak told a news conference she hoped the exhibition would give visitors a different perspective on works by artists such as Monet, Cezanne and Gauguin.