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Red Roofs (Dieppe)
© The International Association of Margaret Morris Movement Ltd

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Red Roofs (Dieppe) 1922

Not on display

Following the outbreak of World War I, Morris moved from France to London with her partner, the artist J. D. Fergusson. In 1917 they decided to open a summer school of dance in Devon incorporating their talents as dance director and art director. With the dancers encouraged to practice ‘en plein air’, this was the beginning of annual summer schools in both England and the South of France. In 1922 they travelled to Ourville, near Dieppe, where this work was painted. It shows the influence of the Scottish Colourists, with whom Fergusson was associated, with bold colours and strong, angular planes.

Glossary Open

En plein air

A French expression meaning ‘in the open air’. It refers to the practice of painting a complete picture outside as apposed to a creating a preparatory sketch or study. The technique was developed during the mid 1800’s by Constable in Britain, in France by the Barbizon School painters such as Courbet and Corot and later by the Impressionist painters including Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Artists using the technique sought to capture the essence of natural light. In the second half of the nineteenth century the technique spread throughout much of Europe and into America.


A plane is a flat surface within a drawing, painting or sculpture.

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.

En plein air, Plane, Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GMA 2846
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size 35.50 x 27.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984