Paul Crotto

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Paul Crotto (born 1922, New York - d. 2016, Paris) was an American painter, sculptor and printmaker.[1]

Crotto studied at the Art Student League in New York and then traveled to Europe. He studied for two years at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze and then went to Paris, where he rented a studio in Montmartre and spent another two years at Fernand Léger's Academy. He made engravings in Atelier Lacourière in Montmartre, a studio created by Roger Lacourière, where he met Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and he showed his artwork in group exhibitions with Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, André Derain and Jean Fautrier. While he lived in Paris he was an art teacher at the American School in Paris. Between 1955-1959, Crotto visited Deià, Mallorca for the first time, on the recommendation of his friend William Waldren, who described it as a paradise on Earth for artists, writers and poets.[2] He became part of the artistic Deià community, he became friends with poet Robert Graves and he returned constantly throughout his life.[3]

It was the French gallerist Jeanne Castel who discovered Crotto in 1961.[4] Throughout his life, Crotto had been regularly exhibiting his work in solo and group exhibitions in Europe and United States. In 1963 in France, he was awarded the "Prix International de Villeneuve-sur-Lot".[5][6]

He presented his work at the Salon d'Automne, Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l'Eau, Salon de la Jeune Peinture and Comparaisons at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

Galerie Jeanne Castel, Paris, 1961;

Galerie Jeanne Castel, Paris, 1962;[4]

Galerie Blanche, Stockholm, 1963;[7]

City of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, 1963;[8][9]

Galerie René Drouet, Paris, 1964;[10][11][12][13]

Musée d'Art International, San Francisco, 1965;[14]

Galerie Grave, Munich, 1966;[15]

Galerie Grave, Munich, 1967;

Galerie René Drouet, Paris, 1968;[16]

Sindin Harris Galleries, New York, 1969[17][18]

Maison Nationale des Artistes, Paris, 2016[1]

Group Exhibitions:

Mostra di Artisti Americani, Florence, 1951;

American Painters in France, Galerie Craven, Paris, 1953;

Dix Ans de Prix de Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Paris, 1964;

Obelisk Gallery, Boston, 1964;

Galerie Bernheim Jeune, Paris, 1965;

Sculptures des Peintres, Galerie Le Grall, Paris, 1967 (Group exhibition with François Arnal, André Beaudin, André Derain, Jean Fautrier and Manuel Ruiz Pipo, among others)[19]

Galerie am Alten Hof, Munchen, 1967;

School of Paris, Galerie Juarez, Los Angeles, 1967;

Artists of Europe and Israel, Riverdale, New York, 1968 (Group exhibition with Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso among others).


  1. ^ a b "Un américain à Paris, Paul Crotto · MNA". (in French). Archived from the original on 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  2. ^ King, Bruce (2017-04-25). Interesting Life, So Far: Memoirs of Literary and Musical Peregrinations. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9783838269566. Archived from the original on 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  3. ^ "ZAK'S GALLERY OF DEIA FACES". Archived from the original on 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  4. ^ a b Crotto, Paul (1962). Crotto: Galerie Jeanne Castel, Paris, du 15 au 30 novembre 1962 (in French). La Galerie. Archived from the original on 2018-04-29. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  5. ^ "Original oil on canvas by Paul Crotto ( American) - Oil Paintings". Brownrigg Antiques. Archived from the original on 2018-04-29. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  6. ^ EHRMANN, Thierry. "biographie de Paul CROTTO: informations et ventes aux enchères des oeuvres de l'artiste Paul CROTTO -". (in French). Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  7. ^ Ehrenmark, Torsten. An American artist in Sweden/ Amerikansk parisare pa Blanche (Dagens Nyheter, 11 May 1963)
  8. ^ Mourges, Pierre. Paul Crotto - Prix de Peinture de Villeneuve 1963, (Théâtre Georges-Leygues, 15 Septembre, 1963)
  9. ^ Deux maîtres: Paul Guth (l'écrivan) at Paul Crotto (le peintre), (La Dépêche du Midi, 16/7, 1963)
  10. ^ M. Seurière, Crotto, Densité (Arts, 9 Nov. 1964)
  11. ^ "Paul Crotto". Archived from the original on 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  12. ^ Froche, Michel. (Lettres Françaises, Nov. 1964)
  13. ^ Gauthier, Maximilien. (Les Nouvelles Litteraires, 12 Nov. 1964)
  14. ^ Blasco, Alec M. American artist in Paris, (Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 1968)
  15. ^ "Crotto | S Cohen Fine Art". Archived from the original on 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  16. ^ J.D, Aux Ecoutes, No 2273, 7–23 February 1968
  17. ^ Kreisberg, Louisa. Gallery Offers One-Man Show (The Reporter Dispatch, White Plains, N.Y.,24 May 1969)
  18. ^ Werther, Betty. Art (Time-Life, Paris, 1969)
  19. ^ Cabanne, Pierre. Sculptures des Peintres catalogue, Galerie Roger Le Grall, 18 May - 30 June 1967, Paris