Armand Pierre Marie Dayot, born October 19, 1851 in Paimpol (Côtes-d’Armor) and died October 2, 1934 in Bandol (Var), is a French art critic and art historian, founder of the journal L’Art et les Artistes.
Armand is the son of veterinarian Jean Dayot and Marianne Le Manac.
A graduate in law, he was successively Chief of Staff to the Prefect of Oran, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Fine Arts of the Cabinet Gambetta, Deputy Inspector and then General Inspector of Fine Arts (since 1889), having the mission to disseminate French art in the world.
In 1902, he was rewarded for saving victims during the burning of the Bazar de la Charité.
In 1905, he founded the critical review L’Art et les Artistes with the help of Adolphe Thalasso and Gabriel Mourey.
In 1912, he directed the French section of the artists represented at the Secession in Munich.
Armand Dayot, after sponsoring the Society of Animal Artists in 1912, was the organizer, in 1913 with the painter Roger Reboussin, of the Salon of Animal Artists.
Albert Besnard painted a portrait of his wife (Düsseldorf museum).
He finished his career, appointed commander of the Legion of Honor in 1926, under the protection of Paul Léon.
As a critical essayist of art curious about everything, he particularly aroused public interest in the artists of the eighteenth century of all genres.