Afternoon in the Garden, Henri Edmond Cross
Henri Edmond Cross
Afternoon in the Garden
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Henri Edmond Cross

Afternoon in the Garden, 1904 – 1905


Dimensions
129.5 x 192.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 215
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

This painting by Henri-Edmond Cross is composed of countless dots. Only in the eyes of the viewer do these pure colours fuse to form a sun-filled garden, the setting for a relaxed scene. Here, Cross was probably painting the park and grounds surrounding his house in Saint-Clair, in southern France. In June 1904 Cross wrote to a friend that he was painting a picture in the garden and described the gradations of colour which contribute to the charm of the overall harmony and which it would be impossible to invent. Unlike the approach in Impressionist painting, however, this does not apply to the reproduction of an atmospheric lighting effect. Here, the artist makes use of the artistic principles of Neo-Impressionism developed by Georges Seurat and based on scientific theories on colour perception. The objects were accordingly dismantled into a rigid grid of coloured dots which frequently made the colourful works look rather stiff.

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Title
Afternoon in the Garden
Painter
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Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: henri Edmond Cross

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1912

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Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Henri Edmond Cross (1856-1910)
verkauft durch die Galerie Druet, Paris, an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1912.

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20.05.2020