Description & Technical information

This design for a dish, unusual in Cross's oeuvre, once belonged to the scholar and critic Félix Fénéon (1861-1944), a champion of the Neo-Impressionists, who owned a large number of paintings and watercolours by Cross. In 1907 he organized a retrospective exhibition of Cross’s work at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, of which he was a director, and following the artist’s death three years later assisted Cross’s widow and Signac with making a proper inventory of the artist’s studio.

Period:  1850-1900, 19th century, 20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Brush, Pencil underdrawing, Blue-grey wash
Signature: Stamped with the atelier stamp H.E.C. (Lugt 1305a) at the lower right. Inscribed Ancienne collection Félix Fénéon at the lower left and projet de plat / Henri Edmond Cross. at the lower right. Further inscribed ancienne collection Felix Fénéon. on the verso.

Dimensions: 24.9 x 32.5 cm (9³/₄ x 12³/₄ inches)
Provenance: The studio of the artist, Saint-Clair
Possibly the Cross atelier sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 28 October 1921
Félix Fénéon, Paris
Probably the posthumous Fénéon sale (‘Henri-Edmond Cross. Ancienne collection Félix Fénéon’, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 15 October 1980.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints