About this artwork

Dieppe, a beach resort on the Normandy coast, was popular with artists including Edgar Degas, James McNeill Whistler and Walter Sickert. Here, a smartly dressed crowd enjoys the town’s national Bastille Day celebrations. Left of centre, dressed in grey, is Fergusson’s friend, Scottish artist Samuel Peploe. Inspired by Whistler’s Nocturne paintings, Fergusson uses blue tones to suggest the inky summer moonlight. Against this backdrop, the spray of multicoloured fireworks appear even more luminous.

Updated before 2020

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John Duncan Fergusson

John Duncan Fergusson