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Georges Salles (1889–1966)

Georges Salles was a French art historian and archaeologist with a specialty in Asian art and a strong interest in twentieth-century French art. He excavated in Iran, Afghanistan, and China. In 1926, he joined the Musée du Louvre, where he rose to the position of curator in the Department of Asian Art. With Georges Duthuit, Royall Tyler, and others, he organized the first international exhibition of Byzantine art in Paris in 1931, and, with Georges Duthuit, he coauthored the illustrated volume Art byzantin: Cent planches reproduisant un grand nombre de pièces choisies parmi les plus représentatives des diverses (1933). He became director of the Musée Guimet in Paris in 1941 and served as the first director of the Musées Nationaux de France between 1945 and 1957.

Kenneth Clark, "M. Georges Salles Former Director of Louvre," The Times, October 27, 1966.

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