Color and Light : The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross
'Unique to Cross’ painting is the extent to which he did preparatory drawings, pastels and watercolors. The inclusion to the catalog of dozens of works on paper is thrilling to see. On paper Cross’ colors sparkle and dazzle, his compositions are electric, and there is a remarkable fresh feel even though they are over 100 years old.' - New York Journal of Books
Inspired by the work of Realist painters such as Gustave Courbet and Francois Bonvin, Henri-Edmond Cross's earliest paintings were compositions in dark, somber colors. Following his involvement with the avant-gardist circle around Georges Seurat, he gradually adopted the Neo-Impressionist technique and began to develop a unique visual vocabulary. After his move to the Mediterranean coast in 1891, Cross's palette became increasingly lighter, resulting in dazzlingly colourful landscapes, genre paintings, and compositions that are overlaid with mythological and allegorical allusions.
This volume traces Cross's artistic trajectory through all stages of his prolific career and situates his masterful approach to colour and light within the broader context of the European avant-garde of his time. In addition, it examines the painter's anarchist sympathies and the political dimensions of his depictions of utopian sceneries.
- Author: Ortrud Westheider, Director of Museum Barberini.
- Hardcover: 248 pages | 200 colour illustrations
- Date published: October 2018
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-3791357737
- Product Dimensions: 31.1 x 24.6 cm