While collaborating and traveling with his friend Paul Signac, Cross experimented with the Neo-Impressionist technique of using strokes of color to modulate form. During a visit to Venice in 1903 Cross achieved greater degree of fluidity and confidence with the watercolor medium. This drawing appears to record his impressions upon seeing a glittering, jewel-like Venice on the night of the annual Festival of the Redeemer, complete with fireworks and artificial lights along the water. The figure, likely a young woman, sits prominently in the foreground yet dissolves into the sinuous lines of the indistinct watery setting. She seems at once lost in thought and immersed in the spectacle of the summer night.
Marking: Inscription on verso in pencil: Souvenir....Festa du Redantore Venize 18 juillet
Collection of Madame Signac; her sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 9 May 1952, no. 12; to Robert Lehman.