Michael Francis Gibson

Michael Francis Gibson, art critic, art historian, writer and independent scholar, published regularly in the International Herald-Tribune, 1969–2004 and occasionally in other publications in English (the New York Times, Art in America, Art News), and French (L’Oeil, Connaissance des Arts etc.,). Michael Francis Gibson, was born18 July 1929, inside the American Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, the son of American Ambassador Hugh S. Gibson and his Belgian wife Ynès Reyntiens. After schooling in eight different establishments, six different countries and three different languages (including the Collège Jean de Brébeuf in Montreal and the University of Louvain in Belgium), he settled in Paris in 1958 where he has lived ever since. Married, four children (two of a former marriage). He translated the Oxford Greek scholar E.R. Dodds' "The Greeks and the irrational" into French in view of its publication by Aubier-Montaigne in Paris in 1963 ("Les Grecs et l'irrationnel"). The anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss termed it “one of the key books of the present century.


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