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 Paul LaCroix  (1827 - 1869)

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Lived/Active: New York/New Jersey / France      Known for: opulent still life, landscape and miniature painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Known for lush still life painting with fruit, vegetables and flowers, and for being a part of the 19th century movement, which made that subject matter accepted by the viewing public, Paul LaCroix was an artist of noted composition and technique. He also painted a few landscape subjects. He often signed his work PLacroix with the P and L conjoined. Some of his works show the influence of still-life painter Severin Roesen. "Lacroix was just a few steps behind Roesen when he arrived in New York and Roesen left for Philadelphia. Some of Lacroix's more ambitious works are almost total imitations of Roesen's work." (Art & Architecture of New Jersey)

The details of LaCroix's life are somewhat scarce. It is known he was of French-Swiss ancestry, born in France, and then lived in New York City from 1859 to 1866, and in Hoboken, New Jersey from 1867 until his death in 1869.  He exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Brooklyn Art Association.

The style of Lacroix is distinct within the still life genre. He often brought together both still life and landscape by painting still life objects such as fruit in a natural setting. "Instead of the common motif of a ledge or a table top to support the melons, apples, peaches, and grapes which he painted, rather incongruous arrangements of various fruits would be assembled and composed on a rocky ledge or grassy ground." (Art & Architecture of New Jersey).

His hanging bunch of grapes is in the collection of the Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio.

The artist died in New York City, 1869.

Sources:
"Paul Lacroix", Art & Architecture of New Jersey: The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, www.ettc.net/njarts/details.cfm?id=836 (Accessed 6/18/2013)
Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art


Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:
PAUL LACROIX (1827-1869)

Featuring sumptuous arrangements of fruit, vegetables, and flowers, Paul Lacroix’s canvases exude a vibrancy and richness that helped ignite and define the nineteenth century American appetite for still life paintings. Though little is known of Lacroix’s formal education, his mastery of composition and technique is clearly evident in this example and throughout his oeuvre.

Born and raised in France, Lacroix immigrated to the United States in the late 1840s and was active in New York City from 1858-1867 and in Hoboken, New Jersey from 1867 until his death in 1869. During these years, he exhibited at the National Academy of Design and Brooklyn Art Museum.

Scholars believe Lacroix may have enjoyed an association with the painter Severin Roesen, perhaps as an apprentice. Lacroix’s works are in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Lyman Allyn Museum, and Springfield Museum of Art.

This essay is copyrighted by the Charleston Renaissance Gallery and may not be reproduced or transmitted without written permission from Hicklin Galleries, LLC.

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