Henri Edmond Cross

French , 1856 - 1910

Henri-Edmond Cross (Delacriox) was born in 1856 in Douai and spent his youth in Lille. He took drawing and painting lessons from E.A. Carolus-Duran at the age of ten and studied briefly under Colas at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He settled in Paris in 1878, where he made friends with François Bonvin, whose work greatly influenced Cross. In 1884, he took part in the first exhibition of the Salon des Artistes Indépendants and in 1891, was elected Vice-President of the Société des Artistes Independants. By this time he had become one of the leading exponents of Neo-Impressionism.

He made only one print of note, the lithograph "Aux Champs Elysées, Les Nourices". He spent the summer of 1904 in Saint-Tropez, where he became acquainted with Paul Signac and Matisse. He spent the summer of 1908 in Tuscany and Umbria, visiting Florence, Assisi, Pisa and other Italian towns. Cross died in Saint-Clair in the South of France in 1910.

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