Of the four Scottish Colourists, it is John Duncan Fergusson’s admiration of the female body and rhythmic lines that have made him stand out as the most versatile and experimental. Fergusson was a proud Scotsman but it was during time spent in Paris and in particular the South of France, among his circle of friends, which included Derain and Picasso, that he felt a true sense of artistic freedom. This affinity for the French Riviera can be seen in Cassis Bay, a highlight from our forthcoming Scottish Art auction in London on 22 November, which is a spontaneous work full of warm colours and refracted sunlight. Fergusson was also a devoted admirer of les fauves, and his painting Amongst the Rocks, Cap d’Antibes, another striking highlight from the sale, demonstrates the influence of Matisse and Cézanne in particular with its bold linear brushstrokes and complex handling of tone and colour.
Sotheby’s was the first auction house to establish Scottish Art auctions nearly 45 years ago and has been at the forefront ever since, creating many world records for leading Scottish artists. Sotheby’s stages one stand-alone Scottish Art sale each November, which will contain a fine selection of Scottish works from the 19th Century up to contemporary, with a strong selection of Scottish Colourists.
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