Cy Twombly's Roman Notes and a Piranesi lithograph hang in the entrance of Halard's home.

  • Words Daphnée Denis
  • Photography François Halard

A home in Arles.

  • Words Daphnée Denis
  • Photography François Halard

Though it isn’t his primary residence, renowned interiors photographer François Halard considers his home in Arles his “primary folly.” When he first laid eyes on the hôtel particulier some 30 years ago, it was love at first sight. The grandeur and Mediterranean cachet of the 18th-century house, in the center of France’s “most Roman city,” reminded him of the celebrated Italian home of the abstract expressionist Cy Twombly. In a poetic turn of events, the beauty of Halard’s home in Arles would eventually be the thing that convinced Twombly to open his doors to Halard’s lens. 

“When I went to see him, he didn’t want to be photographed at home,” Halard recalls. “I said that it didn’t matter, that I just wanted to meet him because his art was the first I’d ac...

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