The Regatta
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The Regatta 1913


  • Scottish Art
This is one of seven paintings Cursiter produced in a style inspired by the Italian Futurists, whose work he had probably seen in London the previous year. In Cursiter's variant of Futurism, the forms are not overly fragmented and are therefore still recognisable. The impact of the picture is due primarily to the sails, which take up three quarters of the painting. For the sky, Cursiter has used dabs of different-coloured paint placed closely together, recalling post-impressionist techniques. Cursiter's flirtation with Futurism was brief, and by 1914 he had returned to a more traditional type of painting.

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An Italian literary and artistic movement that began in 1909 led by the writer Filippo Tommasso Marinetti. It rejected the culture of the past and embraced new technology, emphasising speed and dynamism. It used the Cubist techniques of fragmentation and shifting viewpoints to represent these ideals in paint. Futurism also had a political aspect and was closely associated with Italian Fascism.


Used to cover a range of different painting styles that emerged following Impressionism in Europe. This includes artists such as Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

Futurism, Post-Impressionism


  • Acc. No. GMA 3034
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 50.40 x 60.80 cm (framed: 74.40 x 84.50 x 6.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1987