Henri Edmond Cross (Douai 1856 - Saint-Clair 1910)

A Wrecked Boat on a Beach (L’Épave) Sold

Oil on panel.
Stamped with the atelier stamp H.E.C. (Lugt 1305a) in red ink at the lower right.
161 x 240 mm. (6 3/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

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This small oil sketch is closely related to a large canvas known as L’Épave (The Wreck), signed and dated 1899 and probably painted at Saint-Clair; the painting is today in a private collection. The finished painting was exhibited at the Société des Artistes Indépendants in 1902 and at the Galerie Druet exhibition three years later, and soon afterwards entered the collection of the scholar and critic Félix Fénéon, a champion of the Neo-Impressionists who owned a large number of paintings and watercolours by Cross. The large painting was included in posthumous exhibitions of Cross’s work in Paris in 1927 and 1937.

This oil sketch once belonged to the Parisian collector Paul Suzor who, with his brother Léon, owned a large number of drawings. While many of the works in the Suzor collection were dispersed at auction in the 1960’s, the present painting remained with Paul Suzor’s descendants until 2010.

Provenance:
The studio of the artist, Saint-Clair
Probably the Cross atelier sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 28 October 1921
Paul Suzor, Paris
Thence by descent until 2010
Anonymous sale (‘Ensemble de dessins et tableaux provenant de l’ancienne collection Suzor’), Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 8 December 2010, lot 12.

Literature:
To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Henri-Edmond Cross, currently in preparation by Patrick Offenstadt.

Henri Edmond CROSS

A Wrecked Boat on a Beach (L’Épave)

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