Arab Fishermen and Boats

A Moroccan harbour scene exploring tonal values within a limited colour range. The touches of bright red and green shows an awareness of the work of The Glasgow Boys and point to Fergusson's future artistic direction. The brushwork indicates the influence of Melville's 'blottesque' watercolour technique.

Fergusson's early artistic development was influenced by an older generation of Scottish painters known as 'The Glasgow Boys'. The most significant link was provided by Arthur Melville (1855-1904), one of the most brilliant British watercolourists of his generation. Fergusson referred to Melville as his 'first influence' and his trips to Morocco and Spain in 1899 and 1901 respectively, parallelled travel undertaken by Melville almost a decade earlier. They shared the same spirit of adventure and freedom of outlook.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1897 (circa)
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.123
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a