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Arthur de Villepin

Path of Self-discovery

By Lauren Long

Portrait of ARTHUR DE VILLEPIN. Photo by Peter Chung for ArtAsiaPacific.

Arthur de Villepin started collecting art when he was 22 years old. His first acquisition was a red-and-black rendering of the Parisian Basilica, Sans Titre (Sacré-Coeur) (1948), painted by Zao Wou-ki just after the artist had moved to the French capital from China at the age of 28. The work captured Villepin with its composition and its history, reflecting an artist adjusting to a different culture.

Now aged 32, Villepin…

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