In contrast to the flat, more geometric style that Fergusson was working towards in some of his Royan paintings, this panel shows an opposing tendency. The sparse outlines and sketchy brushwork indicate a lightness of touch used to enhance a sense of recession.

A combination of light pastel shades and blue shadows vividly conveys the effect of strong sunlight falling between the buildings and canopy of foliage. The bright, summery atmosphere is enhanced by leaving much of the pale underpainting visible and was a technique popularised by the Fauves.

Fergusson spent the summers of 1909 and 1910 working in Royan on the west coast of France with his friends the painters Anne Estelle Rice (1877-1959) and SJ Peploe (1871-1935).

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on panel
  • Date: 1910
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.223
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a