Eyemouth Sea Shore, Jour de Fête
© The family of John McNairn

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Eyemouth Sea Shore, Jour de Fête 1948

On Display Modern One

McNairn reserved a brighter palette than normal for places he visited on holiday, such as the Galloway fishing village, Portpatrick, and Eyemouth on the east coast. In this painting of Eyemouth, McNairn inventively uses the device of fluttering coloured flags to trace a rhythm across the centre of the composition. It has all the joy seen in the bright world of the French fauvist painter Raoul Dufy, whose work McNairn admired.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Fauvism

A group of painters in France in the early 20th century, including Henri Matisse and André Derain, who used bold, vivid colours in their work. The name is derived from a derogatory remark from a critic who saw them as akin to wild beasts.

Palette

A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

Composition, Fauvism , Palette

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 5122
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size 63.40 x 75.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased with funds from the Cecil and Mary Gibson Bequest 2010