Jean Clair

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Jean Clair
Jean Clair par Claude Truong-Ngoc 2013.jpg
Jean Clair by Claude Truong-Ngoc 2013
Born Gérard Régnier
(1940-10-20) 20 October 1940 (age 73)
Paris, France
Occupation Writer
Novelist
Art historian
Known for Member of the Académie française

Jean Clair (French: [klɛʁ]) is the nom de plume (pen name) of Gérard Régnier (born 20 October 1940 in Paris, France). Clair is an essayist, a polemicist, an art historian, an art conservator, and a member of the Académie française since May, 2008.[1] He was, for many years, the director of the Picasso Museum in Paris. Among the milestones of his long and productive career is a comprehensive catalog of the works of Balthus. He was also the director of the Venice Biennale in 1995.

Biography[edit]

The son of farmers, Jean Clair was born in the sixth arrondissement of Paris. He was a student at two secondary schools, the lycée Jacques-Decour and the lycée Carnot, before embarking on a course of post-baccalaureat preparation, the so-called khâgne, at the prestigious lycée Henri-IV in Paris. Then he pursued a degree at the Sorbonne, where he was a student of the art historian, André Chastel, and the philosopher, Jean Grenier.[1] Later, he secured a doctorate in art at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.[2] He was, for a time, involved with the Union of Communist Students.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Éric Biétry-Rivierre, « Jean Clair, un “atrabilaire” sous la Coupole », Le Figaro, 23 mai 2008
  2. ^ Notice biographique, Who's Who in France

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