Cassis from the West

This hilltop view of Cassis is carefully structured and displays a new degree of discipline in the handling of brushwork and form. In this respect Fergusson begins to reveal an admiration for the work of the French painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). This influence grew increasingly important over the years ahead._x000D__x000D_ _x000D__x000D_ Prompted by the demolition of his Paris studio, Fergusson set off for the South of France in 1913, joined for the summer months by Anne Estelle Rice (1877-1959) and SJ Peploe (1871-1935). He explored the coast around Cassis and settled in Cap d'Antibes, an area that had been popular with the Fauves._x000D__x000D_ _x000D__x000D_ It was on the south coast of France that the main characteristics of the Fauve style first evolved, in response to the intense light there. Their reactions were to be echoed by Fergusson who wrote, "The light that one snatched with excitement when it happened once in a blue moon, is here even in winter"._x000D__x000D_

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1913
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.236
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a