Seascape

Painted directly onto a wooden panel, the fluid handling of paint in this scene suggest that it was recorded swiftly, in an attempt to capture the atmosphere particular to the weather and time of day. This reflects Fergusson's awareness of the work and techniques of the French Impressionists.

Emphasis has been placed on the sky, with heavy clouds dominating the strip of sea and coastline below. In this respect, the treatment is similar to another painting in the collection 'Landscape at Peebles'. As well as Peebles, it is known that Fergusson painted early works in Fife and Islay.

On his death in 1961 Fergusson left the largest collection of his works in existence to his partner, Margaret Morris (1891-1980). In 1963 she established the JD Fergusson Art Foundation, who subsequently gifted the entire collection, archive and copyright to Perth and Kinross District Council in November 1991.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1904 = 1905 (circa)
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.203
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a