Pictures from an Important Private Canadian Collection
John Duncan Fergusson RBA (British, 1874-1961)
Avenue de L'Observatoire signed, inscribed and dated 'J.D.Fergusson/Paris 1907/"avenue de l'Observatoire"' (verso) oil on canvasboard 18.9 x 23.7 cm. (7 3/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
PROVENANCE: With T&R Annan, Glasgow With Ewan Mundy Fine Art, Glasgow
Fergusson moved to his new Paris studio, at 18 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, in 1907. He loved bohemian Montparnasse, inspired by cafes like La Rotonde and Dome and their milieu of artists and seamstresses in versions of the latest fashions. Fergusson and Peploe both worked 'on the spot' using little panels or standard-sized boards like these, generally sourced from the local 'Paris American Art Co.' Fergusson's Paris street scenes are some of his most characteristic works of the period, perfectly capturing the bustle and sparkling light of the elegant boulevards. This view was painted just around the corner from his studio.