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

The Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli near Assisi

Oil on canvas, 74 x 92 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Pointillism rapidly evolved beyond the narrow boundaries of optical experimentation. As early as 1886 Seurat had demonstrated its decorative possibilities in A Sunday Afternoon on the Ile de la Grande Jatte. Growing larger, the "atoms" of colour became conducive not to illusions but to the revelation of the material structure of painting based upon the juxtaposition of flat patches, as seen in the mosaic-like surface of the present work by Cross.

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