Gilles Neret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU Museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'OEil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. His TASCHEN titles include Salvador Dali: The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis. Xavier-Gilles Neret taught philosophy of art and design at the ESAA Duperre and Universite de Paris I Pantheon La Sorbonne. He studied the connections between philosophy and poetry with particular relation to Stephane Mallarme. He lives and works in Paris.
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