The Grand Hotel Pourville

Painted on a very small scale this work echoes the methods Fergusson used for his earliest experimental oils. The bustle of street life in the French capital continued to attract him. The roughly sketched figures and cars lining a wide boulevard show a deliberate lack of finish indicating ongoing Fauve influence.

Fergusson's methods of flattening the picture plane, his use of dry brushstrokes and the visibility of the unprimed board are further features of his Fauvist style as is the painting's intrinsically decorative nature. In contrast to larger studio paintings its likely that this was painted quickly and spontaneously outdoors.

Pourville was a location to which Fergusson returned in the early 1920's as one of the locations for Margaret Morris's Summer Schools.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on panel
  • Date: 1915
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.238
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a