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INVENTORY OF THE PIERRE COURTHION PAPERS, 1901-1987, UNDATED
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Separated Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pierre Courthion papers
    Date (inclusive): 1901-1987
    Number: 890007
    Creator/Collector: Courthion, Pierre
    Physical Description: 18.0 linear feet (40 boxes)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The collection documents the scholarly, personal and professional pursuits and activities of noted art critic and art historian Pierre Courthion. The bulk of the material relates directly to Courthion's research and writing projects, consisting primarily of unpublished notes and edited typescript drafts of essays, articles and monographs, as well as related visual materials and correspondence.
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    Language: Collection material is in French with some German, Italian, and English.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Pierre Courthion (1902-1988) was a prominent Swiss-born art critic and historian. Courthion's major projects focused on the history of American, French and European art including the art of Paris and Montmartre, Romanticism and Realism, the Impressionist movement, Swiss art, and the contemporary art of his time. Courthion attended the Université de Géneve and received a scholarship to study painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. While in Paris, Courthion spent time in Montmartre where he became acquainted with and developed friendships with artists such as Alberto Giacometti and Kurt Seligmann and encountered many of the artists living and working there, many of whom would be the focus of his later publications. Courthion was a student at the Louvre and did his doctoral work on the painter, Jean-Étienne Liotard. Over the course of his career, Courthion traveled widely for his research, lecture tours, and conferences. He lived and worked in France for most of his life.
    For a complete bibliography of Pierre Courthion's works, consult his autobiography, D'une palette à l'autre: mémoires d'un critique d'art, which was published after his death in 2004.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Pierre Courthion Papers, 1901-1987, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 890007.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1989.

    Processing History

    Onica Busuioceanu did preliminary processing and inventoried the collection in 2007-2008. Intern Amy Cubicciotti developed an arrangement plan and wrote the biographical note and preliminary scope and contents notes in 2009. Teresa Soleau finished processing the collection and completed the finding aid in 2011.

    Related Archival Materials

    The following collections are also held by the Getty Research Institute: Pierre Courthion correspondence, ca. 1950-1980  (accession number: 850239) and Pierre Courthion interview with Henri Matisse and related papers, 1940-1941  (accession number: 850855B).

    Separated Materials

    Hundreds of books and periodical issues were transferred to the general collection of the Getty Research Library and can be found by searching the library catalog  for "Pierre Courthion Collection" as the source collection.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection documents the scholarly, personal and professional pursuits and activities of noted art critic and art historian Pierre Courthion. The bulk of the material relates directly to Courthion's research and writing projects, consisting primarily of unpublished notes and edited typescript drafts of essays, articles and monographs, as well as related visual material and correspondence. Most of the manuscripts are undated. Numerous black-and-white photographs of artists' works, as well as some negatives, slides, and transparencies are found throughout the collection. Printed materials and clippings include press reviews, published articles by Courthion and other art critics and scholars, and other printed ephemera collected by Courthion. Other materials relating to Courthion's professional activities include additional with publishers, artists and their families, business and travel documents, and professional and teaching files.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in five series: Series I. Artist files, 1912-1985, undated; Series II. National and regional art and history, 1901-1987, undated; Series III. Topical research and writing, 1921-1972, undated; Series IV. Printed materials, 1921-1985, undated; Series V. Professional, teaching and personal files, 1906-1980, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Camargo , Iberê, 1914-1994
    Chéreau, Jean-Baptiste, 1907-1988
    Courbet, Gustave, 1819-1877
    Delacroix, Eugène, 1798-1863
    Dufy, Raoul, 1877-1953
    Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique, 1780-1867
    Liotard, Jean-Etienne, 1702-1789
    Manet, Édouard, 1832-1883
    Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954
    Rouault, Georges, 1871-1958
    Rousseau, Henri, 1844-1910
    Schiavi, Elena
    Seurat, Georges, 1859-1891
    Soutine, Chaïm , 1893-1943

    Subjects - Topics

    Art historians
    Art, French
    Art, Modern--History
    Artists--Correspondence
    France--History
    Impressionism (Art)--France
    Montmartre (Paris, France)--In art.
    Painting, European
    Painting, French
    Painting, Modern
    Paris (France)--In art.
    Realism in art--France
    Romanticism in art

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Color photographs
    Correspondence
    Manuscripts
    Photographs, Original
    Printed ephemera
    Printing plates

    Contributors

    Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954
    Rousseau, Henri, 1844-1910
    Seligmann, Kurt, 1900-1962
    Severini, Gino, 1883-1966