Anthony d'Offay, London, where purchased by
R. A. Bevan Esq., 7 Dec 1966
London, Anthony d'Offay Fine Art , The Influence of Whistler on English Painting, 15 Nov - 10 Dec 1966, no 5A
In the mid-1890s Fergusson was a frequent visitor to Paris. It was a welcome relief from economic hardship at home and provided the opportunity to experience tuition at the renowned Parisian academies. Fergusson found himself enraptured by the art scene he found there. From the early 1900s he spent many summers exploring the coast of Normandy and Brittany, often with S. J. Peploe. Both artists were particularly taken with the resort of Paris Plage and would spend time there, to paint en plein air alongside each other. The quality of light on land and water at the resort heightened the tonality of Fergusson's work and in Paris Plage and Paris Plage, 1904 the evidence of the change in his palette is apparent. For both artists, working directly in front of their subject also resulted in a more fluent application of paint. With just a few creamy brushstrokes Fergusson was able to convey the essence of the resort with effortless simplicity. The Paris Plage paintings form an iconic series in Fergusson's oeuvre and both works are fine examples of this important moment in the development of Fergusson's career.