Cultures of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam as Captured by Jean Despujols, 1936-1938 From the Permanent Collection of the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College of Louisiana. In May of 1936 Jean Despujols, a French Academic artist, was selected for a special assignment by the Grand Conseil Economique of French Indochina. He was sent to travel through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to record on canvas and paper the cultures of these regions. Despujols, a fifty-year-old professor at the American Academy of Fine Arts at Fontainebleau, traveled through Indochina for twenty months. The resulting 360 works were eventually purchased by Algur H. Meadows and presented to Centenary College. In 1975 the Meadows Museum of Art was established for the purpose of housing the Jean Despujols Collection of Paintings and Drawings of Indochina. This exhibition includes paintings, textiles, and drawings.