Cottage with Figures

One of a number of swiftly executed experimental oils painted around the turn of the century. The lightening of Fergusson's palette and his fluid, spontaneous brushwork suggest French Impressionist influence. He had become well-acquainted with their works in the Paris galleries (see below) He began to make annual trips to Paris in the late 1890's visiting the Salle Caillebotte and Durand Ruels' Gallery and seeing Impressionist works at first hand. In keeping with their techniques and focus on working 'en plein air' Fergusson also preferred to paint outdoors, directly from the motif at this stage. He made a portable paintbox and palette by adapting a cigar box to hold cut-down brushes, small tubes of paint and two small boards on which to paint. In this way he was free to record scenes whenever and wherever he wished. He painted the local surroundings in both Scotland and France.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on wooden panel
  • Date: 1890
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.122
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a