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Artist Biography


Still-life and landscape specialist Paul Lacroix was born in France and immigrated to America in the late 1840s. Professor William H. Gerdts noted Lacroix’s fondness for painting vegetable still lifes, in particular asparagus and tomatoes, which he painted on several occasions. Gerdts also noted that characteristically, the artist carefully observed and softly modeled his subject, devoting much attention to the contrasting colors, shapes and textures. Lacroix often visited Europe and his tendency to favor vegetables on a stone slab shows the influence of the French eighteenth-century artist Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin (1699-1779), whose work was undergoing renewed popularity at that time.

Lacroix lived in New York City from 1855 to 1866 and later lived in nearby Hoboken, New Jersey, from 1867 to 1869. In the 1860’s the artist exhibited in New York at the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Art Association and the Derby Gallery. Lacroix died at the age of forty-two on June 11, 1869. Lacroix formed a friendship with the New York portrait painter Edward Ludwig Mooney, to whom he bequeathed the contents of his studio. His paintings are found in public collections, including the Yale University Art Gallery, Lyman Allyn Museum, Museum of Quebec, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. An undated notebook of his drawings featuring views of Geneva, Switzerland and France is in the New York State History Collection in Albany, New York.

Peter Hastings Falk, Who Was Who in American Art: 1564-1975 (Madison, CT: Soundview Press, 1999)
William H. Gerdts, For Beauty and For Truth: The William and Abigail Gerdts Collection of American Still-Life Paintings (Amherst College, Amherst, MA: 1998)