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.