Description & Technical information

Jean Crotti (1878 – 1958) born in Bulle, French-speaking section of Switzerland was a painter active in key art movements in the first half of the 20th century. In his early career, he was influenced by Primitivism and Fauvism and in 1912 Crotti began to experiment with Cubism and Orphism. He fled to New York to escape the war in 1914, where he shared a studio space with Duchamp and Picabia and met Suzanne Duchamp.
He married Suzanne Duchamp in 1919, and this marriage proved to be extremely fruitful artistically, with the pair starting a two-person artistic movement which they called 𝘛𝘢𝘣𝘶. Largely characterized by its similarities to Dadaism, it differed slightly in that Crotti was to add a quasi-religious element to his movement, within which he attempted to explore notions of the metaphysical and the subconscious, ideas which were to later inspire the Surrealists.

This work is a good example of this period, the two figures are typically portrayed from the 1920s style depicting two Castilian women. The geometrical shapes in the background and the construction of the painting demonstrate Crotti’s strong influence from Cubism.

This original painting by Jean Crotti is available for immediate purchase.

Date:  Executed in 1922
Period:  20th century
Origin:  SPG, 10A
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed lower left, J. Crotti

Dimensions: 44 x 50 cm (17³/₈ x 19³/₄ inches)
Literature: Bertolio Jean Carlo, Jean Crotti, Catalogue raisonné, Cinq continents, Paris, 2007, p. 139 (illustrated)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints