Cassis

Partly triggered by the experience of his holidays further south in Royan, Fergusson soon after sought out a sunnier and brighter climate in which to paint. This resulted in a trip to Cassis in 1913, then a hot, exotic and little populated area. The surroundings inspired a new spell of intense production.

In a letter of 6 December 1913 Fergusson wrote, "The place here has given me quite a new start, a different feeling altogether about painting, or rather it has given me what I've been trying to make out of nothing- the colour, the shapes, everything that I was developing by sheer sweat and labour is here'.

In his choice of location Fergusson was following in the footsteps of the Fauves as Derain (1880-1954), Braques (1882-1963) and Friesz (1879-1949) had all visited the coast there since 1907. The unique intensity of light they found led to a greater degree of experimentation and freedom with colour in their work.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1913
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.237
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a