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

A Design for a Dish

Brush and blue-grey wash, over an underdrawing in pencil.
Stamped with the atelier stamp H.E.C. (Lugt 1305a) at the lower right.
Inscribed Ancienne collection Félix Fénéon at the lower left and projet de plat / Henri Edmond Cross. at the lower right.
Further inscribed ancienne collection Felix Fénéon. on the verso.
249 x 325 mm. (9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in.)

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This design for a dish, unusual in Cross's oeuvre, once belonged to the scholar and critic Félix Fénéon (1861-1944), a champion of the Neo-Impressionists, who owned a large number of paintings and watercolours by Cross. In 1907 he organized a retrospective exhibition of Cross’s work at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, of which he was a director, and following the artist’s death three years later assisted Cross’s widow and Signac with making a proper inventory of the artist’s studio.

Provenance:
The studio of the artist, Saint-Clair
Possibly the Cross atelier sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 28 October 1921
Félix Fénéon, Paris.

Henri Edmond CROSS

A Design for a Dish

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