At Bonhams Annual Scottish Sale in Edinburgh

"Still Life" by the Scottish Colourist, JD Fergusson, is among the leading works at this year's Scottish Sale in Edinburgh on Wednesday, 25 April. It is estimated at £70,000-100,000.

Like his fellow Scottish Colourist, Samuel Peploe, Fergusson (1874-1961) spent the years before World War I in Paris absorbing first-hand the work of the Fauves – not least Matisse and Derain – and the city's other avant-garde artists. "Still Life" was painted in 1910, during this seminal period.

Bonhams Head of Scottish Art, Chris Brickley, commented: "Fergusson was unusual among the Colourists in that he painted relatively few still lifes, making this work a rarity in his output. He was also the most adventurous painter of the group, developing an original and dynamic oeuvre that made him arguably the most progressive British artist during the earliest years of the 20th century."

Other paintings in the sale include:

- "Highland Cattle" by Louis Hurt (1858-1929), estimated at £20,000-30,000. Hurt lived in Derbyshire, where he and his wife kept the Highland cattle which feature in many of his works. He also painted the landscape of the Highlands, and Snowdonia.

- "Girl with a Sunflower" by Alberto Morrocco (1917-1998), estimated at £15,000-20,000. A wonderfully vibrant work by a much loved Scottish painter, which captures the calm confidence of the girl with the sunflower as she balances a basket of fruit and flowers on her head.

- "Two Sisters Crouching beneath a Flowering Cherry" by Edward Hornel (1864-1933), estimated at £10,000-15,000. A typical painting by an important member of the Glasgow Boys group, showing the strong Japanese influence that often characterised his work.


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