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French painter donates "comfort women" paintings to Nanjing Massacre Museum

(CRI Online)    09:18, October 12, 2017

Renowned French painter Christian Poirot has decided to donate a series of paintings he's produced to the Nanjing Massacre Museum which are meant to highlight the plight of "comfort women" during the War, reports Chinanews.com.

French painter Christian Poirot donates works he's completed depicting the Nanjing Massacre. [Photo: Chinanews.com]

Poirot says he became inspired after travelling to Nanjing recently and learning about the "Rape of Nanjing."

Christian Poirot's "Physical examination," one of three paintings the renowned French artist has donated to the Nanjing Massacre Museum [Photo: Chinanews.com]

It took Poirot around a month to create the three works, entitled "The eyes of hell," "Physical examination" and "The woman say 'no'"

Christian Poirot's "The Eyes of Hell," one of three paintings the renowned French artist has donated to the Nanjing Massacre Museum [Photo: Chinanews.com]

"The photos of the victims that I saw in Nanjing made a deep impression on me," said Poirot.

The paintings themselves are meant to depict scenes in Nanjing in late 1937, when Japanese forces overran the then-Chinese capital, systematically murdering and raping over 200,000 people.

Christian Poirot presents flowers at a former site where so-called "comfort women" were housed by Japanese troops in Nanjing in December, 1937. [Photo: Chinanews.com]

In announcing the donation of the three paintings, Poirot says he intends to create more works ahead of National Memorial Day for the Nanjing Massacre Victims, which falls on December 13th.

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