Outstanding Colourist pictures of France at Bonhams Paris

The Scottish Sale
12 Sep 2013

A selection of French views by the world famous Scottish Colourists will be exhibited at Bonhams, 4 Rue de la Paix, Paris on 3 and 4 July, 10.00-16.00. They are to be sold in Edinburgh on September 12.

The two Scottish Colourists featured in the exhibition, John Duncan Fergusson and Samuel Peploe, had strong links to Paris. Fergusson first visited in the 1890s and moved to the city some years later. He encouraged his great friend Samuel Peploe to leave Edinburgh and join him there, and together they created a remarkable body of work in the early 1900s. These pictures are unique in British art, providing the main link to the French avant garde without ever resorting to imitation or pastiche.

Fergusson lived in Montparnasse, frequenting the famous cafés and becoming a well known figure among his fellow artists. He is represented by two street scenes which exemplify his work 1907-10. Boulevard Edgar Quinet, Paris (€47,000-70,000) and Avenue de L'Observateur (€35,000-59,000).

Peploe favoured the Jardins de Luxembourg as a subject, painting them on many occasions and his Les Jardins du Luxembourg, Paris (€82,000-120,000) will be on view together with Paris Plage (€94,000-140,000) and Street in Cassis (€94,000-140,000).

Head of Scottish Pictures at Bonhams, Edinburgh, Dr Chris Brickley, comments: "The time Fergusson and Peploe spent in Paris was hugely influential on their artistic development. No other British artists absorbed so successfully the impact of the revolution in painting which made Paris such an exciting and vital city in the 1900s. This is reflected both in their popularly and in the respect in which they are held today."

Dr Brickley will be holding a valuation day on Scottish art in the Bonhams Paris office on 3 July.


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