Dark Sea and Red Sail

In the summers of 1909 and 1910 Fergusson visited Royan, a coastal town on the west of France, with his painting companions Anne Estelle Rice (1877-1959) and SJ Peploe (1871-1935).

The sea and harbour there inspired a number of works which show new developments from his earlier naturalistic depictions, based on the example of the French Impressionists. The lively pinks and violets exploit the use of colour as a vehicle through which to convey mood, in the manner of the Fauves.

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: 1909
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.214
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a