At Dinard

This portrait of Margaret Morris, in Dinard on the north west coast of Brittany, has been consciously harmonised through brushwork and colour with the surrounding landscape. The repetitive, patterned effect of these elements gives the picture a sense of unity and balance overall.

The first of Margaret Morris's Summer Schools were held in Harlech in north Wales but the weather was too unpredictable for the outdoor classes which became so integral to her teaching methods. In 1920 she rented a Chateau near Dinard. This painting relates to a later School held in the same location.

Morris recalled, 'In 1920 I thought I would try a Summer School in France and took 'Le Chateau des Deux Rives', a large house on a cliff, a promontory running into the sea, with a large garden and lovely views. Perfect except for the weather which was no better than Harlech!'.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1930 = 1931 (circa)
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.258
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a