CROSS, Henri-Edmond
(b. 1856, Douai, d. 1910, Saint-Clair)

Afternoon at Pardigon

Oil on canvas, 81 x 65 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

This landscape painting has a very much more representational and colourful quality than the Iles d'Or. For Cross it is an important picture because he created a companion-piece for it, showing approximately the same section but extended by one figure and with its theme as the evening sun instead of the midday light. There is a distinct three-dimensional gradation leading from the pine on the hill to the group of trees situated further back and over the sea to the chain of hills. The dissolving of a southern landscape into intensive dabs of colour reveals here the close relationship between Neo-Impressionism and Fauvism, in whose emergence this painting played an important part.

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