Daniel Wildenstein  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Daniel Leopold Wildenstein (11 September 1917 – 23 October 2001) was a French art dealer, historian and owner-breeder of thoroughbred race horses. He was the third member of the family to preside over Wildenstein & Co., one of the most successful and influential art-dealerships of the 20th century.

Born in Verrieres-le-buisson, France, Wildenstein inherited the responsibility in 1963 of running Wildenstein & Company, a five generation family business founded in 1875 by Nathan Wildenstein. Today Wildenstein is one of the world's most successful art conglomerates with offices in London, New York City and Tokyo.

He was also a distinguished scholar of Impressionism, preparing catalogues raisonnés which include among others Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Paul Gauguin. A Wildenstein Index Number refers to these catalogues. Daniel's interest in pursuing the publishing of catalogue raisonnés was a way of giving back to the community and improving the knowledge of artist's work. The Wildenstein Institute (a non-for profit organization) founded by Georges Wildenstein in Paris at the turn of the century would serve as the means to accomplish this latter goal.

In 1993, Daniel Wildenstein also ventured into contemporary art by forming a partnership with Arne Glimcher of Pace Gallery thereby creating PaceWildenstein.

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