MOSCOW -- Undeterred by sub-zero temperatures, Russians have been queuing for hours outside a Moscow art gallery to see a temporary impressionist exhibit.

Lines snaked around the perimeter of the contemporary Tretyakov Art Gallery on Friday-- with one entrance door breaking under the weight of an impatient crowd-- as hopeful museum-goers waited to see a collection of works by the 19th-century Russian impressionist Valentin Serov.

To accommodate the surge in interest, the museum director Zelfira Tregulova said the Tretyakov will stay open later than usual, according to Russian media reports.

Serov is best known for his expressive still-life paintings and portraits. His most famous work, "Girl with Peaches," depicting an olive-skinned young woman sitting at a table with fruit, is part of the Tretyakov's exhibit.