- 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
Henri-Edmond Cross, French (Douai, France 1856 - 1910 Saint-Clair, France)
- Mediterranean Landscape with Olive Trees; verso: blank page
- Work Type
- drawing, sketchbook page
- Physical Descriptions
- Colored pencil and black ink on off-white wove paper
- 11.2 x 16.3 cm (4 7/16 x 6 7/16 in.)
- 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
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Exhibition History
Flowers of Evil: Symbolist Drawings, 1870–1910, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016
- Related Works
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