"La Plage" signed, inscribed and bearing artist's address 83 Notre Dame des Champs, Paris, on label verso, oil on board, 57 x 66cm (22 1/2 x 26 1/4ins)
Provenance : Margaret Morris, the artist's widow; Private Collection, Glasgow. Exhibited : Salon D'Automne, Paris, 1912; Dore Gallery, London, 1914, no2; Memorial Exhibition, Arts Council of Great Britain, Scottish Committee, 1961, no72 GAGMA show, Glasgow Museums, 1992, no 239. Note : This oil probably depicts Royan, where Fergusson and Peploe had worked in 1911. Fergusson submitted it to the Salon D'Automne, where he had been elected Societaire in 1909, as he particularly admired fellow exhibitors such as Matisse, Van Dongen and the Fauves. Painted during his most progressive and singular period of creativity, 'La Plage' coincided with Fergusson's involvement with the magazine 'Rhythm' as Art Editor, securing contributions from Picasso, Derain, Larionov and Gaudier-Brzeska. For a comparable example, see Simister, K, 'Living Paint', Edinburgh, 2001, plate 107.