About this artwork

During the early 1920’s, while recuperating from a heart attack, Cameron painted several extended visits to the South of France. The landscapes executed during this period, when he painted in oils in preference to printmaking, are characterised by vibrant colour reflecting his delight in the intensity of the southern light and by a tendency to eliminate extraneous detail in the interests of bold geometric pattern. One of Cameron’s most entrancing Provençal subjects, this picture can probably be associated with his stay in Nice in 1926. 'En Provence' was first exhibited in 1927 at the Barbizon House gallery of the Scottish dealer David Croal Thomson, a close friend of the artist and his regular agent until 1930.

  • title: En Provence
  • accession number: NG 2081
  • artist: Sir David Young CameronScottish (1865 - 1945)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1926
  • measurements: 67.30 x 83.20 cm (Framed: 91.50 x 107.00 x 9.20 cm)
  • credit line: Bequest of Robert Younger, Baron Blanesburgh 1947

Sir David Young Cameron

Sir David Young Cameron

Cameron was a successful painter and a very influential etcher. Strong tonal contrasts characterise his prints and his stark and dramatic paintings, which are mainly landscapes and cityscapes. He studied at Glasgow School of Art before joining life classes at the Royal Scottish Academy. His work was acclaimed in Edinburgh, London, Berlin and Munich. During the First World War, Cameron was appointed official war artist to the Canadian government and in 1933 was made the King's Painter in Scotland. Cameron bequeathed his superb collection of Rembrandt etchings to the National Gallery of Scotland, having served on its Board of Trustees for twenty-five years.