Henri-Edmond Cross: Women Tying the Vine (1890)

Henri-Edmond Cross, Women Tying the Vine (1890), Oil on canvas. 53.8 x 65 cm, Carmen Thyssen Collection

“In 1886 the critic Fénéon defined Cross’s style in the following words: “a light palette, objects, beings indicated with flat colours, light brushwork, a pretty fantasy.” These flat, toned-down colours (mixed with white) are here displayed above all in the traditional bonnets and in the bodies of the women bent over in the sun. In contrast, the pink stippling in the dark green mass of the tree is already a response to Divisionism, in an effort to render the glints of the complementary colour that appear on a coloured surface. The painting was shown at the Salon des Indépendants in March 1891 as was the first work (a portrait of his future wife) in which Cross used rigorous neo-Impressionist techniques.”

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    A lovely scene!

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  2. Ashley says:

    Such hard work these ladies are doing but such soft treatment by the artist.

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  3. sienablue says:

    Interesting, I need to explore Divisionism further…..many thanks!

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    1. I had never heard of Divisionism before, so I am looking forward to learning more, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts this morning, sienablue. 🙂🌺


  4. shoreacres says:

    Sunbonnets are so much more attractive than baseball caps. Bluebonnet flowers were named in a time when sunbonnets were common, and the shape of the flower reminded people of them.

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    1. How interesting! Thanks, Linda. 🙂


    2. Ana Daksina says:

      Beauty has taken a back seat to utility ~ and when one comes right down to it, the utility bought by that ugliness isn’t that much more useful.

      Living in a minivan, with significant physical disabilities, I have every reason to dress practically ~ and skirts, cloak and scarves are what does the trick best for me in all weathers and situations.

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      1. Thanks for sharing your perspective, Ana. Utility is a quality I have come to value, too. 🙂🌺


      2. shoreacres says:

        I suspect we’ve learned the same useful lessons along the way. After all, living and cruising on a sailboat, as I have, isn’t so very different from ‘land cruising’! What works is what counts, and very little is needed to make life ‘work.’

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      3. Ana Daksina says:

        Haha, similar space constraints! ☺️

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  5. I like this one a lot. We have lots of vinyards here in Nova Scotia. The colors are soft and really pretty. Thank you. 🙂

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    1. My pleasure, always, Sheila. 🙂🌺

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  6. A beautiful landscape with female workers. I don’t recall learning about Divisionism. The influence of Impressionism is evident in the light and brushstrokes.

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    1. I had never heard of Divisionism either, Rosaliene. More to learn! 🙂🌺

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  7. Ana Daksina says:

    You can just hear the one on our far right saying to the one beside her, “You’re such a dreamer, Martha ~ hold that further over here…”

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    1. lolol – perfect interpretation, Ana! 😎🌺

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  8. Serenity captured. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kate. 🙂🌺


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