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Rue St Jacques
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Rue St Jacques 1907

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
After many extended visits to Paris, often with Samuel Peploe, Fergusson moved to the French capital in 1907. He began to teach at the Académie de la Palette and exhibited in the city for the first time, at the Salon d’Automne. Fergusson enjoyed painting the Parisian streets such as Rue St Jacques, which is in the Latin Quarter, using portable, small panels. In Paris, Fergusson quickly became familiar with the techniques of Fauve artists, including Henri Matisse, whose expressive technique and use of a brightly coloured palette affected the Scottish colourists, as can be seen in this work.

Glossary Open


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.


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.

Scottish Colourists

A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.

Fauvism , Palette , Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GML 952
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 19.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Credit Long loan in 2001