Henri-Edmond CROSS (1856-1910)

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Selection of works by Henri-Edmond Cross
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Henri Edmond Cross, Le Lavandou - Reserved
Henri Edmond Cross
Le Lavandou

Pastel, 23 x 30cm


Henri-Edmond Cross, Etude pour Mère jouant avec son enfant
Henri-Edmond Cross
Etude pour Mère jouant avec son enfant
Oil on panel, 33 x 24 cm

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Henri-Edmond Cross,
divisionist painter and bold user of colour

Originally from the north of France, born in Douai, Henri-Edmond Cross studied at the Beaux-Arts in Lille, then in Paris.

His name is Henri Edmond Joseph Delacroix and he will take the pseudonym of Henri-Edmond Cross to distinguish himself from Eugène Delacroix.

Having rapidly abandoned academic life, he associated himself in 1884 with Seurat, Signac and the group of future neo-impressionists.

In 1891, at the time of Seurat’s death, he adopted the divisionist technique, a variant of pointillism characterized by longer and more fluctuating brushstrokes.
He moved permanently to the Var region, close to Lavandou and indulged his taste for the outdoors, his love of light colours and the division of tones.

Over time, he distanced himself more and more from reality. He imagined mythical landscapes, heathen festivals, undulations of light, pure streams crushed by the sun, a sort of paradise, suggesting the search for eternal happiness.

The subject became a pretext for pure harmonies of lines and colours. A bold user of colour, Henri-Edmond Cross did not hesitate to radically change colours according to his imagination. Torn between the desire to imitate nature and the will to exceed it, Henri-Edmond Cross pushed chromatic wealth to its paroxysm and influenced Matisse in 1904 during his stay in the south in his work towards Fauvism.

Latest exhibitions dedicated to Henri-Edmond Cross

The most recent exhibitions dedicated to his work:

2008: Henri-Edmond Cross, 50 watercolours, at Galerie de la Présidence

2011/2012: “Cross and Neo-Impressionism” at the Marmottan-Monet Museum then at the Matisse Museum in Cateau Cambrésis.


Color and light.
The neo-impressionnist Henri-Edmond Cross

Musée des impressionnismes in Giverny
From July 27th to November 4th 2018
and from November 17th 2018 to February 17th 2019 at the Barberini Museum of Postdam in Germany.
The Galerie de la Présidence lends work to this exhibition.
Henri-Edmond Cross, Les Pins, Watercolor
Henri-Edmond Cross
Les Pins

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