Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all! Read the blog post and discuss the change on Talk.
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
729 (1,419)725,746 (4.13)00

Top members (works)

Member favorites

Members: None

Add to favorites
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Françoise Cachin was born into a distinguished family. Her grandfathers were Marcel Cachin, a founder of the French Communist Party and its newspaper, L’Humanité, and Pointillist painter Paul Signac. It was the latter's influence that won out, as she chose to study art at the Sorbonne’s Institute of Art and Archaeology. She was an art historian specializing in Impressionism and Post-Impressionism when in 1969, she became a curator at the National Museum of Modern Art and oversaw its move into the Pompidou Center. In 1978, she joined the planning team for a new museum to be dedicated to 19th-century art and housed in a former railway station, the Gare d’Orsay, and was named director of the Musée d'Orsay. Several of her books were translated into English, among them "Paul Signac" (1971), "Gauguin: The Quest for Paradise" (1992) and "Manet: The Influence of the Modern" (1995). She retired as Director of French Museums, with responsibility for the nation's 34 national museums and more than 1,000 city and local museums, in 2001. Ms. Cachin also helped create and run the French Regional and American Museum Exchange, a network to promote cooperation and shared exhibitions between French and American museums outside major cities.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (4.13)
2 1
3 12
3.5 2
4 21
4.5 4
5 21

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Françoise Cachin is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Françoise Cachin is composed of 11 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 146,531,479 books! | Top bar: Always visible