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art historian , museum director

Anne Litle Poulet, museum director, art historian. Recipient Iris Federation award for decorative arts, 2000, Chevalier dans l'order des arts et des letres, France; grantee, Ford Foundation, 1965, Lamb Mellon, 1990, 1998, 2000-2001; Kress fellowship, 1976.


Poulet, Anne Litle was born on March 20, 1942 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of John Francis and Ruth Virginia (Kurtz) Litle.


Bachelor cum laude, Sweet Briar College, Virginia, 1964. Master of Arts Institute Fine Arts, New York University, 1970.


Poulet is an expert in the area of French art, particularly sculpture. In her career, she organized two major monographic exhibitions on the French sculptors Clodion and Jean-Antoine Houdon, respectively. Poulet received a B.A. degree from Sweet Briar College, a private all women's college in Sweet Briar, Virginia, in 1964 and graduated cum laude.

She then completed her graduate studies at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts in 1970. After serving for twenty years as curator in the department of decorative arts and sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she was appointed the director of The Frick Collection in October of 2003. She became the first female director in the museum's history.

She retired in 2011 and was succeeded by Ian Wardropper.


  • Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2007).



Fellow: American Academy Arts & Sciences. Member: Association Art Museum Director, American Federation Arts, American Association Museum, French Heritage Society (co-founder, former vice chairman board).


Married Francois Poulet, May 20, 1967.

John Francis Litle

Ruth Virginia (Kurtz) Litle

Francois Poulet