About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Eyemouth Sea Shore, Jour de Fête
  • date created:
    1948
  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • measurements:
    63.40 x 75.80 cm (framed: 80.80 x 93.10 x 6.30 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with funds from the Cecil and Mary Gibson Bequest 2010
  • accession number:
    GMA 5122
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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John McNairn

John McNairn