Pierre Courthion (1902-1988) was a Swiss art critic and historian.
Courthion was educated at the University of Geneva and was awarded a scholarship to study painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. At the Louvre, he did his doctorate on the painter, Jean-Étienne Liotard.
In 1941, Courthion interviewed Henri Matisse, but after months of difficult negotiations, Matisse refused to have the resulting book published, just a few weeks before it was due to come out. The "lost" interview was not published until 2013.
His papers are held at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California.
- Panorama de la peinture française contemporaine
- D'une palette à l'autre : Mémoires d'un critique d'art
- La Peinture flamande : de Van Eyck à Bruegel
- Bonnard : peintre du merveilleux
- Soutine : peintre du déchirant
- Les Impressionnistes
- Le Visage de Matisse
- La Vie de Delacroix
- Delacroix : journal et correspondance
- Paris : de sa naissance à nos jours
- D'une palette à l'autre: mémoires d'un critique d'art, autobiography, 2004
- "INVENTORY OF THE PIERRE COURTHION PAPERS, 1901-1987, UNDATED". oac.cdlib.org. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
- "Chatting With Henri Matisse (HB)". National Gallery Shop. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
- Cone, Michele (14 June 2013). "Killed by Matisse in 1941, Courthion's Interviews Are Resurrected". artinamericamagazine.com. Retrieved 2 May 2019.