This poetic depiction of a star-streaked sky combines the long broken brushstrokes of Cross's late works with a murky landscape of pen and ink, reminiscent in its impressionistic forms of Japanese painting.
Marking: Studio stamp in lower right corner: H.E.C.
The artist's studio (Lugt 1305a in red in the lower right corner); Gaston Lévy, Paris (?); his daughter, Andrée Lévy Samama; Madame S sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 9 May 1952, lot 6. Acquired by Robert Lehman at the S[amama] sale in 1952.