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Inernationally-known, locally-shown

Andrew Harley

Jean Duquoc's "Chemin De Prire Tronoen" showcases his vibrant color selection.

The expression of Brittany, France, visits the valley Sunday and Monday in the form of Jean Duquoc and his paintings.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch presents the first major exhibition of Jean Duquoc’s work in this country, according to Thomas H. Akins, president and owner of Margaret Smith Gallery of Bethesda.

“Jean Duquoc is one of the few living internationally-known artists that is still afforadable to the discerning collector,” said Akins.

Duquoc’s work entices viewers with its colorful vibrance and admirable freedom.

“Jean Duquoc’s paintings exhibit a fresh breath of brightness of color and depth of feeling from the soul,” said Akins.-“His paintings display the expressionist feelings of his native Brittany, France.”

Duquoc is scheduled to be present at the show, which occurs Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. (invitation only) and Monday from noon to 6 p.m. (open to the public).

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“Jean Duquoc was the only artist chosen to exhibit at the recent 100th anniversary of the World Customs Organization attended by presidents, kings and queens and other leading leaders of the world,” said Akins.-“He has been selected by the Chinese government to exhibit his paintings in Shanghai in November of 2004, as a guest of the Chinese government.”

The retail value of the art at this show amounts to more than $500,000.

“Jean Duquoc is published in many books and magazines throughout Europe, and is always included in those lists that summon leading living artists,” said Akins.

The show is sponsored by Margaret Smith Gallery of Bethesda in connection with the Bachelor Gulch Club.

For more information or invitation, call 569-3115.

Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 610, or at aharley@vaildaily.com.