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Georges Duthuit (1891–1973)

Georges Duthuit was a French art historian with interests in Byzantine and Coptic art, aesthetics, and the French artist Henri Matisse. At the age of nineteen, he became the protégé of the British art connoisseur Matthew Pritchard (1865–1936)—an adherent of the theories on aesthetics of Henri Bergson (1859–1941)—who advised him that the purest principles of art were to be found in Byzantine art, the art of Matisse, and the music of Mozart. Duthuit married Matisse’s daughter Marguerite (1895–1962), and wrote about the work of his father-in-law. With Georges Salles, Royall Tyler, and others, he organized the first international exhibition of Byzantine art in Paris in 1931, and, with Georges Salles, he coauthored the illustrated volume Art byzantin: Cent planches reproduisant un grand nombre de pièces choisies parmi les plus représentatives des diverses (1933). He was an adjunct professor at the École du Louvre, and he assisted Georges Salles, the head of the Department of Asian Art at the Musée du Louvre.

"Georges Duthuit," Apollo 78 (July 1963): 68–69.

Dictionary of Art Historians, s.v. "Duthuit, Georges."