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Twilight, Royan
© The Fergusson Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council

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Twilight, Royan 1910

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This work was painted in the summer of 1910 when Fergusson and fellow colourist S.J. Peploe stayed at Royan on the west coast of France. Peploe had moved to Paris with his family in the same year, while Fergusson had lived in Paris since 1907. The two artists often worked together and this was the first summer they spent together in France. The years Fergusson spent in France had a great impact on his style. He mixed with other avant-garde artists and was able to see the latest paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Derain. As a result his palette had become fresher and brighter and in this painting he has emphasised geometric shapes, such as the sails and outlines of the boats.

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Avant garde

Cultural practices that challenge tradition through experimentation and innovation. Originally a military term, in art it is particularly associated with the late 19th and 20th centuries.


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.

Avant garde, Palette , Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GMA 1897
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size 27.00 x 34.90 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977