Doucet was a Parisian fashion designer and art collector. His initial interest was in 18th century French art, but in 1912 he astonished the art world by selling his collection and subsequently devoting his attention to modern art. His compilation of van Goghs, Bonnards, van Dongens, Matisses and Picassos complemented the ultramodern apartment which he purchased after selling his elegant mansion on the rue Spontini. Doucet also built a vast library of art books and documents which he donated to the Université de Paris.
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