Claude Monet’s painting The Boulevard des Capucines from the collection of the Pushkin Museum arrived in London last week despite the mutual expulsion of diplomats over the Skripals’ poisoning.

Claude Monet’s The Boulevard des Capucines, 1873 г. Source: muzei-mira.com.

Russian-British relations have turned from bad to “toxic” after former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury. However, the relations haven’t deteriorated drastically in the cultural sector. As it was previously agreed, Moscow’s Pushkin Museum sent the painting The Boulevard des Capucines to London for the scheduled exhibition Monet and Architecture.

The show includes 70 works featuring streets and architecture of Paris, the Houses of Parliament, Doge’s Palace and fashionable beachfront hotels at Trouville.

Claude Monet’s The Boulevard des Capucines from the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts was created in 1873 and displayed at the first Impressionist exhibition the following year.

The exhibition’s curator Richard Thomson confirmed the arrival of the artwork. The National Gallery’s spokesperson thanked Russian colleagues and noted the move “goes to demonstrate that culture transcends all boundaries”.

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