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Overcome by passion

A Cambodian-born Frenchwoman faces prosecution for criminal damage after planting a kiss on a painting by the American artist Cy Twombly, leaving the imprint of her lipstick on the otherwise immaculate white canvas.

The untitled work, 9 feet by 6 feet and valued at 2.7 million euros, is part of an exhibition dedicated to the American painter in the southern French city of Avignon.

Sam Rindy, 30, who visited the show with a friend on Thursday, told Agence France-Presse that she was so overcome by the white canvas that she kissed it. “I stepped back. I found the painting even more beautiful. The artist left this white for me,” she said.

Staff of the Lambert foundation, which owns the painting, took a different view. They called the police, and the woman, herself a painter, was arrested as she left the premises. She will appear in court on Aug. 16 to face charges of criminal damage.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.