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    Sale 12070

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper

    13 May 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1023

    Henri Edmond Cross (1856-1910)

    Bord de mer et voiliers au loin, Etude pour L'air du soir

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    Henri Edmond Cross (1856-1910)
    Bord de mer et voiliers au loin, Etude pour L'air du soir
    signed 'HE Cross' (lower left)
    gouache and watercolor over pencil on paper
    10 5/8 x 7 ¼ in. (26.9 x 18.3 cm.)
    Painted circa 1893

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    This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Henri Edmond Cross being prepared by Patrick Offenstadt.

    In April 1893, Cross, who had been living in the South of France for two years, received a letter from his friend Paul Signac: "Since we both know and love this sunny land, why don't we both raise a decorative monument to it?" For Cross, this monument became L’air du soir (fig. 1), which he showed at the third exhibition of the Neo-Impressionist group and the Salon des Indépendants in 1894, before gifting it to Signac.

    (fig.1 ) Henri-Edmond Cross, L’air du soir, circa 1893. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.


    Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Munich.
    Cécile Bertrand, Paris (acquired from the above).
    Private collection, Europe.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, March 2003.


    Nicolas Beytout, ed., "Henri Edmond Cross et le néo-impressionnisme de Seurat à Matisse," Connaissance des arts, no. 510, 2011 (illustrated in color on the inside back cover).


    Paris, Musée Marmottan Monet, Henri-Edmond Cross et le néo-impressionnisme de Seurat à Matisse, October 2011-February 2012, pp. 135, 192 and 232, no. 77 (illustrated in color, p. 135).
    Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection, Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities, Painting, Poetry, Music, September 2014-January 2015, pp. 125 and 177 (illustrated in color, p. 127, fig. 90).