Colour and Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross

Colour and Light: The Neo-Impressionist Henri-Edmond Cross

17 November 2018 - 17 February 2019

The Museum Barberini in Potsdam presents selected paintings by Henri-Edmond Cross, one of the masters of French Neo-Impressionism.

  • Henri-Edmond Cross© Privatbesitz
    Henri-Edmond Cross, The Beach at Saint-Clair 1896, Private collection
  • Henri-Edmond Cross© Courtesy Galerie de la Présidence
    Henri-Edmond Cross, Two Nocturnal Landscapes, Private collection
  • Henri-Edmond Cross© Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
    Henri-Edmond Cross, Calanque des Antibois, 1891-1892, National Gallery of Art, Washington, John Hay Whitney Collection
In the "Colour and Light" exhibition visitors can admire the works of one of the most important representatives of Neo-Impressionism: Henri-Edmond Cross. His paintings evolved from quiet works in earthy colours to true explosions of colour when he settled in the small coastal town of Saint-Clair in 1891.

Henri-Edmond Cross: Leading figure of the French avant-garde

The artist's motifs show the rustic life on the French Riviera in transfigured colours. Cross was not only a mentor for important artists of the 20th century, such as Henri Matisse and Albert Marquet, but also a pioneer of modern painting. The exhibition at the Barberini Museum is dedicated to his oeuvre and explores the anarchist theories and socio-political dimensions behind his romantic paintings. The collection comprises around 100 works from museums and private collections worldwide and includes highlights such as "Calanque des Antibois" and "Plage de la Vignasse".

About the artist Henri-Edmond Cross

Henri-Edmond Cross was born in 1856 as Henri-Edmond Delacroix in Douai, France, and is considered one of the most important representatives of French Neo-Impressionism. His artistic training began with Carolus Duran, followed by lessons at the Écoles Académiques de Dessin et d'Architecture in Lille and with the Paris painters François Bonvin and Émile Dupont-Zipcy. From 1883 he exhibited under the pseudonym Cross to avoid associations with the famous painter Eugène Delacroix.

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Humboldtstraße 5-6
14467 Potsdam
Opening Hours
17 November 2018 - 17 February 2019
Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 19:00, closed on Tuesdays
Every first Thursday of the month 10:00 - 21:00
Admission Fee
14 Euro, reduced 10 Euro, free admission for children and teenagers aged 17 and under

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| Last edited: 19. October 2018