Lot 31
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Henri-Edmond Cross

Estimate
1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
Sold
1,445,000 USD
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Description

  • Henri-Edmond Cross
  • Paysage avec le Cap Nègre
  • Signed Henri Edmond Cross (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas

Provenance

Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Paris

Prince de Wagram, Paris

J. Laroche, Paris

Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Paris

A. Sommaruga

Herbert Kullmann, Manchester (sold: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 16 May 1914, lot 4)

Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired at the above sale)

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York

Mr. & Mrs. William Jaffe, New York (acquired from the above in 1951)

Estate of E.V. Hall Jaffe (sold: Christie's, New York, May 6, 2009, lot 12)

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Henri Edmond Cross, 1907, no. 1 (titled, Le Cap Nègre)

Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Henri Edmond Cross, 1913, no. 44

Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Le Paysage du Midi, 1914, no. 4 (illustrated)

New York, Fine Arts Associates, Henri Edmond Cross, 1951, no. 12 (titled, The Hill of Saint-Clair)

New York, Museum of Modern Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; San Francisco Museum of Art & Art Gallery of Toronto, Les Fauves, 1952-53, no. 3 (titled Landscape, Le Lavandou)

Literature

Paul Jamot, "Exposition H.E. Cross," Chronique des Arts et de la Curiosité, Paris, May 4, 1907, p. 156

Guillaume Apollinaire, Paris-Journal, Paris, May 5, 1914, mentioned

Lucie Cousturier, "H.E. Cross," L'Art Décoratif, Paris, March 1913,  p. 120 (illustrated, p. 125)

L.R., "Notes d'un curieux", Le Gaulois, Paris, May 14 & 17, 1914

"Les grandes ventes. Collection de M. Herbert Kullmann," Le Cri de Paris,  Paris, May 17, 1914, p. 14

Octave Maus, Trente années de lutte pour l'art (1884-1914), Brussels, 1926, illustrated p. 427

Lucie Cousturier, H.E. Cross: Les artistes nouveaux, Paris, 1932, illustrated pl. 18

Jean Leymarie, Le Fauvisme, Geneva, 1959, illustrated in color

Isabelle Compin, H.E. Cross, Paris, 1964, pp. 251-252, illustrated

Félix Fénéon, Oeuvres plus que parfaites, vol. 1,  Genève & Paris, 1970, p. 290

Guillaume Apollinaire, Oeuvres en prose complètes, vol. 2, Paris, 1991, p. 676, 696-700.

Catalogue Note

In October 1891 Cross left Paris for Cabasson in the south of France.  Shortly afterwards he settled in the small hamlet of Saint-Clair, where he spent the remainder of his life.  Influenced by the luminous Mediterranean landscape, he painted his first divisionist canvases there. Executed in a build-up of short, uniform brushstrokes of brilliant hues, Paysage avec le Cap Nègre resembles a carefully composed mosaic of shimmering colors.  The tonal variations and juxtapositions in the present work recreate the vibrant, dazzling atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur that became a major source of inspiration for the artist.
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