Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Impressionism comes to capital

National Galleries of Scotland
Image caption The exhibition will have loans from collections around the world

Edinburgh's arts festival begins in the capital for its seventh year.

The festival is organised by the National Galleries of Scotland and will run until 17 October.

The highlight of the 2010 season is a 'ground-breaking' exhibition on the paintings of impressionist gardens.

Famous names in impressionism to be displayed in the exhibition include Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Manet and Sisley.

The exhibition will have around 100 works and will have loans from collections around the world.

This will be the only UK showing of this exhibition.

Director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, John Leighton, said: 'Impressionist Gardens will be the big festival exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland this year, and a highlight of our summer season.

"This is the first time that this fascinating subject has been the focus of a major exhibition and we are delighted to have secured some spectacular loans from collections around the world."

The exhibition is sponsored by BNY Mellon, an asset management and securities services company.

Woody Kerr, vice-chairman of Europe at BNY Mellon, said: "Edinburgh is one of our businesses' key centres and it is a special privilege to support this landmark project and the National Galleries of Scotland."

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