Jean Crotti

French, 1878-1958

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Jean Crotti

French, 1878-1958

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To the deeply spiritual Jean Crotti, abstraction was a tool for grappling with existential questions. It stands as his main stylistic consistency, although he incorporated some figuration and blended elements of Cubism, Orphism, Futurism, and Dada throughout his oeuvre. Crotti and his wife Suzanne Duchamp (Marcel’s sister) developed Tabu, an offshoot of Dada distinguished, according to The New York Times critic Holland Cotter, “by its rejection of the negative, anti-art aspects of the original.” While the style proved short-lived, Nocturne (1922)—constituting three large, overlapping spheres punctuated by smaller black and white circles—is a particularly fine example, its planetary forms representing the birth and death of the universe, a subject that engrossed Crotti.

Selected career achievements
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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