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Signed lower left : HE. Cross

In 1891, when Seurat died, Cross adopted Divisionism and definitively
settled in the South of France, in the Var department. He decided to
acquire five years later, a house- studio called "La Hune" overlooking
the baie des Graniers, that fishing village, then ignored from tourism.
Even
if Paris was the artistic capital and the place for all innovations,
the Mediterranean Sea, by the power of its attractive light, became an
important place for modernity. Thus, many painters would come in "La
Hune", Neo-Impressionists, Nabis such as Bonnard and Vuillard and
Fauvists such as Derain, Marquet, Vlaminck along with Camoin, Manguin or
Matisse who sustainably settled in a outbuilding, the villa "La
Cigale".
From 1895, Henri-Edmond Cross gradually modified his
characteristic pointillist manner that consisted in a succession of very
regular dots of colour. Instead, he started to use broader
brushstrokes, leaving small areas of canvas exposed between each of
them.

In 1904, Signac stayed at Cross' home. They would explore
more radical pictorial paths. Also that year, he executed "La Haie de
roses" which perfectly demonstrates his major colorist skills.



Date:  1904
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas board
Dimensions: 32.5 x 40.5 cm (12³/₄ x 16 inches)
Provenance: Natascha Golubeff, Viktor Golubeff's wife, Paris.
Eugène Descaves, Paris.
Sale Hôtel Drouot, "Collection M. Eugène Descaves", March 28th, 1919, n°8 (under the title "Jardin de roses").
Vildrac Gallery, Paris.
Private collection (by inheritance from the previous).

Literature: Druet Gallery, Paris, "Henri-Edmond Cross", Exhibition Catalogue, 1905, listed under the n°17, p.12.
Galerie de Paris, "Les Amis de Saint-Tropez", Exhibition Catalogue, 1961, listed under the n°19.
Isabelle Compin, "H.E. Cross", Quatre Chemins - Editart, Paris, 1964, illustrated in black and white under the n°134, p.235.
Henri-Edmond Cross, peindre le bonheur, Exhibition Catalogue, Museum Barberini, Potsdam, 2018, illustrated under the n°12, p.54.

This
work will be included in the Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre
d'Henri-Edmond Cross being prepared by M. Patrick Offenstadt.
Notification of inclusion dated March 22nd, 2017.

Exhibitions: Druet Gallery, Henri-Edmond Cross, Paris, March 21st - April 8th, 1905, n°17.
La Libre Esthétique, Interprétations du Midi, Brussels, 1913, n°57.
Les Amis de Saint-Tropez, Galerie de Paris, May 2nd - June 10th, 1961, n°19 (under the title "Paysage fleuri").
Henri-Edmond Cross, peindre le bonheur, Museum Barberini, Potsdam, November 17th 2018 - February 17th 2019.