- Catherine Yvard
(b Mulhouse, July 6, 1860; d Paris, Nov 9, 1931).
French art historian, collector, and benefactor. Born into an Alsatian industrialist family, Koechlin studied diplomatic history at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques and began his career as a journalist at the Journal des débats, where he was in charge of the Bulletin de politique étrangère from 1887 to 1902. In 1890, he discovered Japanese art at an exhibition in Paris and, inheriting a great fortune at the death of his father in 1895, he began to assemble a collection of artworks. His eclectic tastes encompassed Japanese prints and lacquer, Islamic ceramics, Chinese bronzes and ceramics, as well as French 19th-century paintings and drawings. He thenceforth played a key role in the protection, promotion, and expansion of French museums’ collections. He was a founder of the Société des Amis du Louvre in 1897, which he presided over from 1911 to 1931, he also became vice-president of the Conseil de l’Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs (...