Henri Edmond Cross
Henri-Edmond Cross, French painter and printmaker, was a master of Neo-Impressionism, playing a powerful role in shaping its second phase. He influenced Henri Matisse, was instrumental in development of Fauvism, was a founding member of the Salon des Indépendants, and helped pioneer Pointillism. Cross’ work was the epitome of a Neo-classic Impressionistic style. Born in France, Cross studied law before switching to art. He learned the basics at Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He had his first exhibit and met other notable artists, all of whom helped improve his artist palette: his work became more vibrant, evolved, and enchanted with the atmospheric qualities of established Impressionists. Poor health plagued Cross later in life, but he continued to work until rheumatism killed him. His excellent works can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and more!