Art historian, specialist of Japan. He is currently Director of the EFEO (French School of Asian Studies), after having been a university professor at INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations), Paris.
He has published and edited numerous books and special issues of journals on the history of art and the history of book in Japan, including : Primitive pictures? Ôtsu-e Alive in the Modern World (Bijutsu Forum 21, Vol. 36, 2017), Ôtsu-e. Imagerie populaire du Japon (Picquier, 2015, Japanese edition Kadokawa, 2016), Patrimonialisation et identités en Asie orientale / Heritage-making and Identities in East Asia (Ebisu, 2015), Tekisuto to imêji wo amu: shuppan bunka no nichifutsu kôryû (Bensei shuppan, 2015), The Invention of "Folk Crafts": Yanagi Sōetsu and Mingei (Cipango. French Journal of Japanese Studies, 2012), E wo yomu, moji wo miru. Nihon bungaku to sono baitai (Ajia yûgaku, Bensei shuppan, 2008), Hokusai, First Manga Master (Abrams, 2008), Du pinceau à la typographie (EFEO, 2006 ; Japanese edition 2010).