CROCQ Henry was born in 1925 in Levattois-Verret. He studied in Rennes where he attended school free parallel courses of Fine Arts and then he follows it continues studying literature in Paris.
In 1958 he made his first solo exhibition in Noumea.
From 1970 to 1988 he lived and worked successively in Brazil, Argentina and Tahiti. In this period he made in Latin America and Oceania more than fifteen solo exhibitions including a first retrospective at the Museum of Noumea and two major exhibitions at the Gauguin Museum in Tahiti in 1983 and 1988.
In 1990 and 1991 he made several exhibitions in France: Nice, Mossa gallery (Massena museum), Marcygny fontenoy cultural-center, regional center of cultural activity.
In 1991 he settled in Provence in the Luberon. That same year André Negro organizes an exhibition in Marseilles in 1998 following exposure to vitte Manosque and in 2001 a remarkable exhibition at the Château de Gordes, who was dear to Vasarely.
Works of Henri CROCQ were also presented in important exhibitions cottectives XIIth Biennial of Sao PAULO, May Salon in Paris ….
Robert Tatin D’Avesniere
Born in Laval, France in 1925. During Robert’s adolescence he was inspired by the life of Gauguin. Robert left France aged 25 fleeing an over bearing father and with inspired dreams of Polynesia. He created most of his art work in the South Pacific, it was his subject which he painted with insight, tenderness and sometimes despair.During his artistic career Robert Tatin D’Avesniéres lived in the following Countries:
Tahiti 1950 – 1957
Noumea 1957 – 1962
New Hebrides (Vanuatu) 1962 – 1976
Bali, Indonesia 1976
Laval, France 1977 – 1982
The late Suzanne Bastien was a good friend of Robert who lived on her property and had his art studio here, he traveled extensively throughout the archipelago.Suzanne managed a collection of his work, which later became part of his estate. Suzanne had her own collection, three pieces of which are to be seen in the Gallery. Suzanne did editorial work with the author Jacqueline Julien for the book “Robert Tatin d’Avesnieres – Peintre De L’Oceanie.”
A copy of which can be seen in the Fondation Suzanne Bastien Art gallery library.