About this artwork

Hunter was based on the French riviera from 1927-29, and this drawing shows the beach at the fashionable resort of Juan-les-Pins, near Nice. The area was particularly popular among artists, and Picasso holidayed there regularly in the 1920s. Hunter has perfectly captured the atmosphere of a sunny day at the beach in this lively sketch. His use of brightly-coloured crayons conveys the bright light as well as giving the scene a child-like sense of joy and playfulness. Hunter made hundreds of quick sketches like this during his stay in France, using them as a way to record his immediate impressions of light and colour.

George Leslie Hunter

George Leslie Hunter

Hunter was born in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. His family emigrated to California in 1892 and by the turn of the century he was making a living there as an illustrator. Little is known of Hunter's early work as much of it was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. He moved to Glasgow soon afterwards. During the 1920s Hunter emerged alongside Cadell, Fergusson and Peploe as one of a group of artists who became known as 'Scottish Colourists'. They were all influenced, in varying degrees, by the pure, bright colour and loose brushwork of French Impressionsim, Post-Impressionism and fauve painting.