Paris Street Scene

Although Fergusson's works of the pre 1914 years display Fauve influence he generally avoided the most radical, extreme forms developed by the avant-garde. Whilst his use of colour generally became bolder and more vibrant, many works like this one, use a more muted and restrained colour range.

The unfinished look and simplicity of the painting convey a conscious artistic decision to focus on the abstract possibilities of the view. The building and trees are described as flat patterns with a minimum of detail. The tendency to focus on the decorative potential of a composition was typical of the Fauves.

The diversity of Fergusson's painting approach at any given time warns against the view of his work as a simple progression from one style to the next. In practice his development was much more complex and subtle as he experimented and adaptied his technique in response to a variety of stimuli.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on panel
  • Date: 1908
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.212
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a