Joseph Baillio is the Senior Vice President of Wildenstein & Company. Baillio obtained his Ph.d. from the University of Rochester in 1983 with a dissertation on the painter Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842). He has published extensively on French painting of the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries in a number of journals, including the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, L’Oeil, Apollo, Burlington Magazine, and The Metropolitan Museum Journal. In 1982, he curated and catalogued the only monographic exhibition ever devoted to the work of Vigée Le Brun. He also organized and catalogued exhibitions on French drawings of the XVIIIth century; the watercolors, drawings and oil paintings of the sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye; and the relationship between politics and the arts during the French Revolution. He has lectured at the University of Rochester, The Frick Collection in New York; the High Museum in Atlanta, the Art Institute of Chicago; the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Ct. and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. Among his credits are numerous entries he has written for the catalogue of Old Master paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Systematic Catalogue of French Painting between the XVIth and XVIIIth Centuries at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
In 1994 the French government awarded him the Ordre National du Mérite and in 2003 France’s Ministère de la Culture made him a member of the prestigious Ordre des Arts et Lettres. He is the author of forthcoming catalogues raisonnés of the works of the French artists Vigée Le Brun, Jean Marc Nattier, Hubert Robert (paintings only) and is also actively involved in the preparation of a critical catalogue of the sculptures and drawings of the sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon.