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INVENTORY OF THE PIERRE COURTHION PAPERS, 1901-1987, UNDATED
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Series I. Artist files, 1912-1985, undated

Physical Description: 8.3 linear feet (18.5 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This is the largest section of the archive and includes Courthion's research and writing files on individual artists, primarily preparatory notes, drafts, photographs and printed materials. Also included are slides, transparencies, reproductions, correspondence, ephemera, clippings, press reviews, exhibit material, and articles and offprints by Courthion and other art critics. Courthion's correspondence with many 20th century artists is included throughout. Several drawings executed by Courthion himself are present.
A range of artists of different nationalities and historical periods from the beginning of European art through the 20th century are represented, although artists connected with late 18th through 20th century art movements in France predominate. Courthion studied and wrote most prodigiously on the art and artists surrounding Impressionism and on the contemporary 20th century art of his time. Artists figuring prominently in his research and writing files include Camargo, Chéreau, Courbet, Delacroix, Dufy, Ingres, Liotard, Manet, Matisse, Rouault, Rousseau, Schiavi, Seurat, and Soutine.
Some material of artists associated with specific movements, time periods or regions can be found in Series II. National and regional art and history and Series III. Topical research and writing.

Arrangment

Arranged alphabetically by artist name. Various artists with little information about them are grouped at the end of the series, followed by unidentified artists.
Box 1, Folder 1

Bolin, Gustav, 1948-1970, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes typed biography signed Jean-Jacques Léveque, print reproductions, illustrated postcards, and photocopies of press reviews (several by Courthion).
Box 1, Folder 2

Bonnard, Pierre, 1934-1953, undated

Scope and Content Note

Small, fragmentary illustrated book about the artist, reproductions and photographs of his paintings, manuscript notes by Courthion, and clippings.
Box 1, Folder 3-5

Camargo, Iberê, 1963-1980, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence between Camargo and Courthion, other related correspondence, notes from interview with Camargo, various essays by Courthion and others, reproductions, exhibition catalogs and announcements.
Box 1, Folder 6

Cézanne, Paul, 1924-1927

Scope and Content Note

Edited biography partially included in a chapter on Cézanne entitled "L'exemple" in his published monograph, Panorama de la peinture française contemporaine and printed eulogy by E. Belval delivered at Cézanne's tomb in Provence.
Box 1, Folder 7-13

Chéreau, Jean-Baptiste, 1930-1975

Scope and Content Note

Approximately 200 photographs of his works.
Box 2, Folder 1

Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of portraits and landscapes and a biographical offprint by Alfred Robaut.
Box 2-3

Courbet, Gustave, 1925-1981, undated

Scope and Content Note

Research and writing on Courbet, some of which may be preparatory to Courthion's monograph on the artist, along with a circa 250-page typed catalog of all Courbet's works (by Courthion). Includes copies of Courbet's letters, reproductions of some of his works, printed materials, and Courthion's correspondence regarding authentication of some Courbet works.
Box 2, Folder 2-12

Papers

Box 3

Papers

Box 4, Folder 1-3

Daumier, Honoré, 1969-1973, undated

Scope and Content Note

Courthion's notes and a draft essay, photographs of his works, correspondence with Christian Tomasini, and printed materials.
Box 4, Folder 4-5

Debré, Olivier, 1950-1962, undated

Scope and Content Note

Notes, draft writings and photographs of his works, and 4 postcards of Les Madères with Debré written on reverse.
Box 4, Folder 6

Degas, Edgar, undated

Scope and Content Note

Notes about Degas' life and works.
Box 4, Folder 7-15

Delacroix, Eugène, undated

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript for a book about Delacroix, heavily edited, photographs of his work, and essay and notes by Courthion.
Box 5, Folder 1-14

Dufy, Raoul, 1951-1960, undated

Scope and Content Note

Approximately two-hundred photographs of Dufy's works, correspondence, notes, draft essays, color reproductions of some works, and printed materials.
Box 5, 39

Filhol, Patrick, 1974-1979, undated

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and biographies of Filhol from Noël Tinayre, notes and essay, and photographs of Filhol in his studio and of his works.
Box 5, Folder 15

Black-and-white photographs and papers

Box 39, Folder 1

Color photographs

Box 6, Folder 1

Fouquet, Jean undated

Box 6, Folder 2

Franck, Paul, 1980, undated

Scope and Content Note

Draft essay by Courthion, articles about and correspondence with Franck.
Box 6, Folder 3

Gerber, Hans, 1962, undated

Scope and Content Note

Letter to Courthion from Gerber, essay by Courthion, and photographs of his works.
Box 6, Folder 4-7

Géricault, Théodore, 1947, undated

Scope and Content Note

Notes and research for Courthion's monograph on Géricault, reviews of the monograph, notes and ephemera for a 1947 lecture and reproductions of his works.
Box 6, Folder 8

Guadagnucci, Gigi, 1960-1963, undated

Scope and Content Note

Essay by Courthion and photographs of his works.
Box 6, Folder 9-12

Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique, undated

Scope and Content Note

Draft writings, various notes, and photographs of his works.
Box 6, 39

Kim Whanki, 1975-1982, undated

Scope and Content Note

Printed materials, photographs, transparencies, and slides of his works, correspondence between Courthion and Kim's wife [?], biographical notes by Courthion, and writings by Courthion and others.
Box 6, Folder 13-17

Black-and-white photographs and papers

Box 39, Folder 2

Transparencies and slides

Box 7, Folder 1-7

Liotard, Jean-Étienne, 1939-1943, undated

Scope and Content Note

Courthion's research, notes and writing, writings by N.D. Trivas, correspondence related to Liotard and photographs of his works.
Box 7, Folder 8-12

Llorens Artigas, José, 1969-1977, undated

Scope and Content Note

Preparatory materials for Courthion's monograph including correspondence with the artist and the publisher of his book, printed materials on the artist and ceramics in general, and photographs of the artist's works. Preliminary draft and clean copy of the text are also included.
Box 8, 39

Manet, Édouard, 1978-1979, undated

Scope and Content Note

Courthion's preparatory materials for a film on Manet he intended to produce including photographs and transparencies of his works, and notes for his illustrated album. Courthion's curriculum vitae is also included.
Box 8, Folder 1-9

Black-and-white photographs and papers

Box 39, Folder 3

Transparencies

Box 8, Folder 10-15

Matisse, Henri, 1941-1974, undated

Scope and Content Note

Transcripts and notes from interviews with Matisse (circa 1941) in preparation for a monograph on the artist. Other essays by Courthion, clippings, and reproductions of his works, documents regarding Courthion's rights to publish his conversations with Matisse after the artist's death, autobiographical writings by Matisse and Courthion's travel notes are also included.
Box 8, Folder 16

Monet, Claude, 1927, undated

Scope and Content Note

One article, one book chapter (photocopy) and manuscript notes.
Box 9, Folder 1-3

Poussin, Nicolas, 1912-1929, undated

Scope and Content Note

Preparatory materials (including reproductions of his works and offprints/clippings), manuscript and press reviews for Courthion's published monograph on the artist.
Box 9, Folder 4-5

Renoir, Auguste, 1973, undated

Scope and Content Note

"Bathers and Renoir's anti-Impressionism" by art professor Barbara Ehrlich White and notes by Courthion.
Box 9, 39

Rouault, Georges, 1946-1966, undated

Scope and Content Note

Preparatory research and manuscript for Courthion's monograph on the artist including photographs and transparencies of his works and typed copies of press about Rouault. Correspondence related to the publication of the book and to Isabelle Rouault, the artist's daughter, clippings of Courthion's published articles, draft essays, and Courthion's notes about the attribution of a Rouault painting are also included.
Box 9, Folder 6-12

Black-and-white photographs and papers

Box 39, Folder 4

Transparencies

Box 9-10, 39

Rousseau, Henri, 1936-1985, undated

Scope and Content Note

Preparatory materials for Courthion's monograph on the artist including notes, correspondence between Courthion, owners of Rousseau's paintings and others, printed materials, and photographs and slides of his works. Typed extracts of letters sent by Rousseau to various correspondents including Guillaume Apollinaire, Brummer, and André Dupont, and a love letter to Eugénie Léonie are also included.
Box 9, Folder 13-16

Correspondence and printed materials

Box 10, Folder 1-6

Black-and-white photographs and papers

Box 39, Folder 5

Slides

Box 10, 39

Schiavi, Elena, 1941-1980, undated

Scope and Content Note

Along with Courthion's research and manuscripts about the artist, there are over 50 photographs of her works, correspondence with Courthion, an autobiography and various printed materials and ephemera relating to her exhibitions.
Box 10, Folder 7-10

Papers

Box 39, Folder 6-7

Photographs

Box 10, Folder 11

Seligmann, Kurt, 1938-1982, undated

Scope and Content Note

Two original works by the artist addressed to Courthion, clippings from auction catalogs, printed ephemera and a copy of a printed essay by Courthion.
Box 11, 39

Seurat, Georges, 1932-1979, undated

Scope and Content Note

Preparatory materials for Courthion's writings and monograph on the artist including transparencies of his works, clippings from auction catalogs, personal documents, book contract and correspondence.
Box 11, Folder 1-5

Papers

Box 39, Folder 8

Transparencies

Box 11, Folder 6-9

Severini, Gino, 1930-1985, undated

Scope and Content Note

Preparatory materials for Courthion's writings including correspondence between Courthion and the artist and his wife and mother, clippings from auction catalogs and printed materials, an autobiography, hand-copied extracts from press, and ephemera. A photograph signed by the artist is also included.
Box 11-16, 40

Soutine, Chaim, 1913-1976, undated

Scope and Content Note

Courthion's research on the artist including a box of printing plates (Box 16) and hundreds of reproductions of his works (photographs, transparencies, and negatives) and other research materials. Essays by Courthion and others, photographs of the artist's studio and friends, printed material, auction catalog clippings, copies of Soutine's personal correspondence, as well as Courthion's correspondence with owners of the artist's paintings are also included.
Box 11, Folder 10-13

Black-and-white photographs, 1914-1919

Box 12-15

Black-and-white photographs and papers, 1913-1976, undated

Box 16

Printing plates, undated

Box 39, Folder 10-15

Transparencies and negatives, undated

Box 17, Folder 1

Stein, Anne-Marie, 1969, undated

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Courthion from the artist and her husband, Aristid Szendy, and notes and essay by Courthion.
Box 17, Folder 2

Szendy, Aristid, 1969, undated

Scope and Content Note

Writings and notes on the artist by Courthion, photographs of his works, and printed material. See also file for Anne-Marie Stein, the artist's wife.
Box 17, Folder 3

Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de, 1956-1966, undated

Scope and Content Note

Clippings from auction catalogs and notes by Courthion.
Box 17, Folder 4-5

Van Gogh, Vincent, 1950, undated

Scope and Content Note

Draft essay and notes, printed introduction by Courthion to a monograph, a copy of Van Gogh's birth certificate, and photographs of his house, town and people of his community.
Box 17, Folder 6

Włodarski, Marek, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of his works and typed biographical note.
Box 40, Folder 1-2

Yankel, 1958-1962, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photographs and transparencies of his works, ephemera, and Courthion's notes.
Box 17, Folder 7-11

Various artists, 1949-1967, undated

Scope and Content Note

Materials are arranged alphabetically by artist.
Box 40, Folder 3

Unidentified artists, undated

 

Series II. National and regional art and history, 1901-1987, undated

Physical Description: 2.0 linear feet (4.5 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series includes preparatory research files related to the general history, art and culture of particular regions and national schools of art and artists. The material is related to several of Courthion's monographs on subjects such as the history of European art from antiquity to the Renaissance, the history of Paris, Montmartre and French art, and Dutch and Flemish painting.

Arrangement

Arranged by region or country of origin.
Box 18, Folder 1-3

American, 1955-1961, undated

Scope and Content Note

Courthion's notes and clippings. Reproductions of art at and text about the Museum of Modern Art, New York are also included.

General note

Refers to United States artists and art.
Box 18, Folder 4-5

Asian, 1957-1959, undated

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, ephemera, and Courthion's notes.
Box 18-22

European, 1955-1967, undated

Box 18, Folder 6-18

History of European painting, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes research and writing pertaining to the history of European art from antiquity through 20th century. Much of the material is related to Courthion's monograph Naissance de la peinture en Europe: les primitifs (Paris, 1984) and his introduction to a history of European painting from the earliest times to medieval art.
See also Series III. Topical research and writing for topics on art from Romanticism through 20th century art.
Box 19, Folder 1-3

Dutch and Flemish, 1967, undated

Scope and Content Note

Research and writings on 15th century through 17th century Dutch art covering artists such as Rogier van der Weiden, Jan van Eyck, and Rembrandt. Notes and drafts are preparatory for Courthion's major book project on Dutch and Flemish painting, La peinture hollandaise et flamande.
Box 19, Folder 4

English, 1955, undated

Scope and Content Note

Lecture by T.S.R. Boase and printed materials.
Box 19-21

French, 1956-1957, undated

Scope and Content Note

Research and writings related to the history, culture and art of France, Paris and Montmartre, subjects of several of Courthion's monographs. Predominately Courthion's hand-written notes, but also includes some correspondence, postcards and photographs.
See also Series III. Topical research and writing for material on French-related movements - Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and art and culture of Montmartre, post-Impressionism and later movements.
Box 19-20

France

Box 19, Folder 5-16

Papers

Box 20, Folder 1-12

Papers

Box 20-21

Paris

Box 20, Folder 13-18

Papers

Box 21, Folder 1-8

Papers

Box 21, Folder 9

Italian, undated

Scope and Content Note

Eight black-and-white photographs of a church in Verona.
Box 21, Folder 10

Polish, 1957-1962, undated

Scope and Content Note

Ephemera for exhibitions of Polish artists, and black-and-white photographs.
Box 21, Folder 11

Spanish, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Typed materials from exhibitions of Spanish artists in Paris.
Box 21-22

Swiss and German, 1901-1980, undated

Scope and Content Note

Essay drafts and notes by Courthion, clippings, photographs and postcards. Includes material on Courthion's project, "Genève ou le portrait des Töpffer."
Box 21, Folder 12-14

Papers

Box 22, Folder 1-2

Papers

Box 22, Folder 3-4

South American, 1960-1964, undated

Scope and Content Note

Notes by Courthion and printed materials on Venezuela. Photographs of the Museu do Ouro in Brazil.
 

Series III. Topical research and writing, 1921-1972, undated

Physical Description: 3.1 linear feet (7 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of Courthion's research and writings on art historical movements and topics from the late 18th century through the 20th century: Romanticism and Realism to Impressionism, post-Impressionism and movements such as Fauvism, Expressionism and Cubism and later 20th century art. The majority of the files relate to Courthion's research on Impressionism. Files include many handwritten notes and typescript essays, most of which are heavily edited. Includes some published material, photographs, and correspondence, most related to certain publications in progress.
Also included are Courthion's autobiographical essays which appear as chapters in his autobiography, D'une palette à l'autre : mémoires d'un critique d'art, (published in Geneva in 2004), notes on his study of the topic of mountains for La Montagne (a book he collaborated on), with a manuscript of his poem, "Mauvoisin," and other miscellaneous writings. In addition to his critical writings on art, Courthion also wrote poetry and literary pieces, some of which appeared in literary journals. His poetical and prose manuscripts are included here.
Material associated with individual artists may also be found in Series I. Artist files.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by historical movement or time period with miscellaneous materials at the end.
Box 22-23

Romanticism, 1960-1969, undated

Scope and Content Note

Preparatory research and writing files.
Box 22, Folder 5-15

Papers

Box 23, Folder 1-5

Papers

Box 23-24

Realism, undated

Scope and Content Note

Preparatory research and writings including material on Courbet, Daumier, Millet and the Barbizon school.
Box 23, Folder 6-17

Papers

Box 24, Folder 1-5

Papers

Box 24-27, 40

Impressionism and 20th century art, 1921-1972, undated

Scope and Content Note

Courthion avidly researched and wrote about the Impressionist movement and both its precursors and followers. Included are his research and writings on Impressionism, Montmartre and modern and contemporary art of the 19th through 20th century period.
The bulk of the material is his handwritten and typescript notes and drafts for publications. Also includes preparatory materials for Courthion's monographs Montmartre (1956), Autour de l'Impressionisme (circa 1964), Utrillo e Montmartre (1969) and Impressionisme (1972) as well as various articles. Other writings in this series chronicle the history of Post-Impressionism and modern art movements such as the Tachistes-Nabis and Fauves, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, and later 20th century movements and developments in abstract art.
Photographs, correspondence regarding publications projects, and printed material are also present throughout. Other topics include: Die Brücke, the German Expressionist group from Dresden; writings and research on 19th through 20th century art critics such as Zola, Venturi, and Benedetto Croce; and essays on the international art market, art forgeries, and art collectors such as Armand Hammer.
Includes Courthion's art works and several photographs likely taken by him.
Box 24, Folder 6-18

Research and writing

Box 25-26

Research and writing

Box 27, Folder 1-6

Research and writing

Box 40, Folder 4

Slides

Scope and Content Note

Includes an audiovisual project, "L'école de Paris, de Picasso à nos jours," that was part of Courthion's lecture series.
Box 27, Folder 7-9

19th-20th century french literature, undated

Scope and Content Note

Including Rimbaud, Apollinaire and Valéry.
Box 27-28

Miscellaneous texts, 1947-1972, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes preparatory drafts for Courthion's autobiography, D'une palette à l'autre: mémoires d'un critique d'art, a recollection of his life and professional development and preparatory research and writings related to mountains, the Swiss alps, and Courthion's collaboration on La montagne (Paris: Larousse, 1956). A manuscript of his poetry, "Mauvoisin," is also included.
Box 27, Folder 10-17

Papers

Box 28

Papers

 

Series IV.  Printed materials, 1921-1985, undated

Physical Description: 3.1 linear feet (7 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of published articles, offprints, clippings from auction catalogs, journals, periodicals, and printed museum, gallery and auction ephemera, openings, etc. Clippings make up a large portion of this series since Courthion collected press reviews and articles published by himself and others on art which appeared in various journals, periodicals and newspapers. The bulk of printed materials is in French, with some in German and Italian. Includes some photocopies and photostats.
All other series also include some printed materials when they were used directly for research or were related to Courthion's travels and professional activities.

Arrangement

Arranged by type of document.
Box 29-31, 38*

Journal and newspaper clippings and ephemera

Box 29-30

Clippings

Box 31, Folder 1-8

Clippings

Box 38*, Folder 1

Poster 1942

Box 31-34

Auction catalog clippings

Box 31, Folder 9-12

Clippings

Box 32-34

Clippings

 

Series V. Professional, teaching and personal files, 1906-1980, undated

Physical Description: 1.4 linear feet (3 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of files relating to Pierre Courthion's business, professional and teaching affairs as well as documents and correspondence of a more personal nature. Courthion's curriculum vitae and his father, Louis Courthion's, certificate of residency from Geneva are included, along with miscellaneous correspondence with artists, their families, and various of his associates.

Arrangement

Within each broad grouping, files are arranged chronologically with undated materials at the end.
Box 35-36, 40

Teaching and professional activities, 1934-1974, undated

Scope and Content Note

Travel documents, printed materials, correspondence, preparatory lecture and conference notes and other writings from travels to the United States, Canada, South America, Japan and Korea. Includes correspondence with officials and artists, photographs, postcards and ephemera.
See Series III. Topical research and writings for autobiographical writings on his travels. For related materials on individual artists, see also Series I. Artist files.
Box 35

Papers

Box 36, Folder 1-17

Papers

Box 40, Folder 5

Transparencies

Box 36-37, 38*

Miscellaneous correspondence and files, 1906-1980, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters sent and received. Primarily professional correspondence with publishers regarding research and writing projects and publications, but also some relating to travel, lectures and conferences, and other professional activities as well as correspondence of a more personal nature with artists, their families and various acquaintances.
Box 36, Folder 18-20

Papers, 1906-1980, undated

Box 37

Papers, 1906-1980, undated

Box 38*, Folder 2

Document, 1906

Scope and Content Note

Geneva certificate of residency for Louis Courthion, Pierre's father.