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Paintings of Henri-Edmond Cross 2: Water and light

Quite new to me but very lovely!

The Eclectic Light Company

In the first article of this series of two, I traced the career and paintings of Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910) up to the dawn of the twentieth century, by which time he was living in the small village of Saint-Clair, not far from his close friend Paul Signac, on the French Mediterranean coast. In 1903, he travelled with his wife to the city of Venice, where he painted extensively.

crossnightfestivalredeemer Henri-Edmond Cross (1856–1910), Night of the Festival of the Redeemer (Venice) (1903), watercolour over pencil on white wove paper, 14 x 24.3 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Wikimedia Commons.

One of Cross’s surviving watercolours from this first visit shows the Night of the Festival of the Redeemer (1903). This is the Festa del Redentore, held on the day of the Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer, to give thanks for the delivery of the city from the plague of…

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