The Rose Cloud

The Rose Cloud

c. 1896

Henri-Edmond Cross

(French, 1856-1910)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 30 x 36 cm (11 13/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.106

Description

Henri-Edmond Cross adopted the technique of applying pure colors in small dots or dashes, called Pointillism, in 1891. Around 1895, as evident in this view of a spectacular cloud, he shifted toward larger, more emphatic strokes, often surrounded by areas of white to achieve greater color intensity. His daring use of pure, abstract color and decorative design significantly influenced Henri Matisse and the French Fauves, who also favored bold, unnaturalistic colors. Beyond exploring scientific principles of color theory, Cross was an anarchist who associated the poetic beauty of abstract design with the values of an ideal, utopian society.

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