Jean Leymarie (17 July 1919, Gagnac-sur-Cère, Lot - 9 March 2006) was a French art historian.
Born into a peasant family, he pursued his studies in Toulouse then Paris. After the Second World War, he began his museum career. He was curator at Museum of Grenoble from 1950 to 1955, director of the Musée national d'Art moderne from 1968 to 1973 and director of the French Academy in Rome from 1979 to 1985. He taught for a long time at the Swiss universities of Lausanne and Geneva and published several works on the history of art. He remains one of those who imposed 20th-century painting on French national museums.
- Dutch Painting, 1956
- French Painting, the 19th century, Cleveland, 1962
- Hommage à Pablo Picasso : peintures. Paris, 1966.
- Who was Raphael? 1967
- Renoir, 1978
- Picasso, La monographie 1881-1973
- Le Fauvisme, 1987
- La campagne de Corot
- Geneviève Asse, co-witren with Sylvia Baron
- Tal Coat, 1992
- "Chanel", 1987, documentation by Catherine Hubschmann (Editions d'Art Albert Skira S.A. Geneva)