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This beautifully illustrated book examines the artistic career of the French painter and draftsman Henri-Edmond Cross who was a key figure in the development of European modernism.

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 colorful 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 color 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.

With Contributions by Raphael Dupouy, Marina Ferretti Bocquillon, Annette Haudiquet, Monique Nonne, Valerie Reis, Richard Thomson, and Daniel Zamani.

Hardcover with jacket, 272 pages, 24,0 x 30,0 cm, 248 color illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-7913-5773-7
US October 08, 2018
UK August 06, 2018
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Ortrud Westheider

Ortrud Westheider is Director of the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany.

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