Paris Plage

One of Fergusson's favourite painting locations was Paris Plage on the Normandy coast. His first solo show at the Baillie Galleries in London contained no less than 16 oil sketches painted there. French Impressionist influence is very much evident in the fluid brushwork and pale, fresh colours used here.

The location took on new significance in 1906 as it was there that Fergusson met his girlfriend of the next seven years, the Irish American painter, Anne Estelle Rice (1877-1959). Fergusson had settled peranenetly in Paris by the time he made this atmospheric portrait of her.

The sea held a lasting fascination for Fergusson who had developed a passion for sailing from childhood. As a compromise between his own ambitions and those of his parents, Fergusson initially had the idea of training as a naval surgeon when he left school.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1907
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.208
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a