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Gallery Text

Cross, a landscape artist mostly affiliated with the neo-impressionists around Georges Seurat, shared some of the idealist and utopian aspirations associated with anarchism and literary symbolism. He had close ties to Émile Verhaeren, the Belgian symbolist poet who offered this preface to a catalogue of Cross’s work: “These landscapes . . . exalt the poets with the luxuriant and sumptuous vision they proffer.” Driven by a quest for spirituality and harmony, Cross painted what he is reported to have called “the glorification of his inner visions.” These three folios were once sewn together as part of a sketchbook, which was found in the artist’s studio upon his death. In the book, Cross quickly drew scenery that he encountered on the French Riviera, where he was residing. He also made notes on color, neo-impressionist theories, literature, and politics.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
1964.15.9
People
Henri-Edmond Cross, French (Douai, France 1856 - 1910 Saint-Clair, France)
Title
Seated Woman before a Window; verso: blank page
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing, sketchbook page
Date
1897
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Colored pencil, graphite and black ink on off-white wove paper
Dimensions
12.3 x 16.2 cm (4 13/16 x 6 3/8 in.)
Provenance
Marie Closset (pen name Jean Dominique), gift to May Sarton. given to May Sarton before Closset's death in 1952
May Sarton, gift to Fogg Art Museum, 1964.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of May Sarton
Accession Year
1964
Object Number
1964.15.9
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

Flowers of Evil: Symbolist Drawings, 1870–1910, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

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