Pierre Courtin Biography

Pierre Courtin




  French printmaker and painter, Pierre Louis Maurice Courtin was born in Rebréchieu, Loiret, France on January 20, 1921. From 1939 to 1942, Courtin studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Orléans with the French illustrator Louis-Joseph Soulas, and in 1941 he exhibited at the Salon de l’Imagerie, Musée Galleria in Orléans. In 1942 Courtin entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the following year the École des Arts Décoratifs, where he remained for only two weeks, though he met Jacques Villon. He then studied at the Académie Julian and in the studio of André Lhote and attended the Académie Ranson in 1944.

Courtin had his first exhibition of prints at the Galerie Guiot in Paris in 1944 and the following year exhibited with the group Jeune Gravure Contemporaine, of which he was a member from 1946 to 1956. In 1946 he exhibited in the Salon d’Automne and two years later his work was included for the first time in the Venice Biennale. In 1945 Courtin illustrated William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. He worked as an engraver for the printer Georges Leblanc and in the same capacity for Jacques Villon between 1947 and 1951. In 1950 he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Salon de Mai in Paris and in 1971 was awarded the Grand Prix National des Arts. Courtin had numerous solo international exhibitions.

Pierre Courtin died on September 14, 2012 in Paris.