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Monet collection wows the crowds
Sir Timothy Clifford, director of the National Galleries of Scotland
The exhibition is proving a success
A major exhibition of paintings by Claude Monet in Edinburgh has attracted 19,000 visitors in its first week.

The Seine and the Sea features 90 paintings by the impressionist master borrowed from galleries around the world.

The exhibition features paintings dating from two stylistically distinct periods in the artist's career, from 1878 to 1883.

A spokeswoman for the National Galleries of Scotland said it was the most visitors ever recorded in the first week of an exhibition.

The exhibition, which runs until 26 October, marks the completion of extensive renovations at the Royal Scottish Academy.

The RSA has been refurbished as part of the 30m five-year project to link it with the neighbouring National Gallery of Scotland.

Showing alongside this exhibition is a collection of works by French landscape painters who inspired Monet's work, including Corot and Courbet.

Claude Monet
The Seine and The Sea exhibition
Born in Paris on 14 November 1840
Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise gave the Impressionists their name
1878, Monet moved to Vetheuil, a quiet village on the River Seine
Started painting rural idylls featuring churches and meadows
Also started regular visits to Normandy which inspired scenes of towering cliffs and sea

During the second stage of the restoration, an underground link, due to be completed in 2004, will be built between the RSA and the National Gallery of Scotland.

The new subterranean space will also house a 200-seat lecture theatre, cafe and shop.

Michael Clarke, director of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: "We will be playing as an equal partner on the world exhibition stage once this complex has been completed."

It will house some of the most famous works owned by the National Galleries of Scotland, including Canova's The Three Graces, Velazquez's An Old Woman Cooking Eggs and Raeburn's Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch.

Funding includes 10m from the Scottish Executive, 7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and more than 10m from private and public fundraising, with another 3m still to be found.

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