L'Errant [The Wanderer], from Les Temps nouveaux [The New Times]
42.2 cm x 56.5 cm (16 5/8 in. x 22 1/4 in.)
(Douai (Nord), 1856 - 1910, Saint-Clair)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Alvin and Ethel Romansky, 1977
Les Temps nouveaux was an anarchist newspaper founded in 1896 by Jean Grave, who invited like-minded artists to contribute original prints that would be produced along side the tabloid. Cross’s print was the third in a series and came after lithographs provided by Maximilian Luce and Camille Pissarro. It shows a bearded vagabond with a sack sitting with his hands folded in his lap. Behind him is a vision of men throwing the symbols of government – a crown, a flag, a drum, and a Phrygian cap – onto a fire, thus beginning a new era of happiness.