Book Painting No.29 (Karl Blossfeldt. Wunder in der Natur, H. Schmidt and C. Günther, Leipzig, 1942, Page 47), Acrylic on Canvas, 32.5 × 24 cm, 2020, Du Yan Collection

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Qiu Xiaofei, Venus at the Outlets Mall, Oil on canvas, light, wood, 480×470×358cm, 2013

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