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Henri-Edmond Cross (aka Delacroix), (1856-1910)

French illustrator, painter, anarchist.
Born May 20, 1856, in Douai.

Henri-Edmond Cross was born to a family of commercial tradesmen & attended art school in Lille. A neo-impressionist, he first gained his first exposure at a Paris art show in 1881. In 1884 he was one of the founders Société des Artistes Indépendants.

Here he was acquainted with libertarian ideas by his friends & fellow painters, Félix Féneon, Paul Signac, Théo Van Rysselberghe, et al, & began illustrating the covers of Jean Grave's paper "Les temps nouveaux", as well as providing it financial support by donating watercolors for them to sell.

Henri-Edmond Cross died of cancer May 16, 1910.

"I want to paint happiness, the happy people which humanity will have become in an age when the purest anarchy will have been realized."

Henri Edmond Cross, Evening Breeze

Henri Edmond Cross, Hauling the Nets

last updated May 2002

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