Some of the world's greatest works of impressionist art are coming to Ireland.

Paintings loaned by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will be on show in Dublin to celebrate the opening of the new wing of the National Gallery of Ireland next year.

Works by Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissaro and Paul Cézanne are among the 68 paintings which will be housed in the new 4,000 square metre millennium wing of the National Gallery of Ireland.

The cream of great landscape paintings at the time of its great rise to prominence between 1850 and 1910.

Sergio Benedetti, Keeper of the Collection at the National Gallery, emphasises the importance of the new exhibition which will only go on display in Ireland.

It will be the first time we have a major exhibition of impressionist painting.

Sergio Benedetti is optimistic that the exhibition will attract visitors from across Europe.

Any love of impressionist paintings will be delighted to see this show.

The show will run for 12 weeks from the end of January 2002.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 July 2001. The reporter is Colm Connolly.