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In pictures: Russian exhibition

Pablo Picasso's Dryad, 1908, courtesy of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

A major London exhibition of French and Russian art has been halted over claims by the Russian authorities that Britain has failed to guarantee the paintings' return.

Paul Gauguin's Her Name was Vairaumati, 1892, courtesy of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Russia fears that some of the 120 works of art, which include this painting by Paul Gaugin, could be seized to settle private legal claims related to the paintings.

Kazimir Malevich, Black Square, c. 1923, courtesy of the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg

Some of the paintings were taken from private collections after the 1917 Russian revolution.

Henri Matisse - The Dance, 1910, courtesy of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

The exhibition, called From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings, is currently on display in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Ilya Repin, Manifesto of October 17th, 1905, 1911, courtesy of the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg

Many of the works had not been seen outside Russia before the touring exhibition began.

Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, The Bath of the Horse, 1912 - courtesy of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Gordon Brown and Vladimir Putin were due to attend the opening of the hotly anticipated show at London's Royal Academy of Arts, in January.





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