N03468 SOUTH OF FRANCE, BOZOULS, NEAR RODEZ 1908
Inscr. ‘J. D. Innes.’ b.r. at foot of cross.
Canvas, 19 3/4×25 1/2 (50×65).
Purchased from Mrs Innes (Clarke Fund) 1919.
Exh: Tate Gallery, November 1921 (60); Sheffield, Swansea and Aberystwyth, March–May 1961 (11).
Lit: Fothergill, 1946, p.8, repr. pl.3.
Repr: W. T. Whitley, The Art Collections of the Nation (Studio Special Number), 1920, p.110; Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.103.
Fothergill describes how he went to Bozouls in 1908 with Innes who, instead of painting the romantic chasm and church (see however N03660), turned his back on this and painted the flat country: ‘But the bright and breezy foreground ... was intended only as an introduction to the little hill, as the one break in the horizon and upon which he expended some minute tenderness.’ The painting dates from his first visit to the South of France and shows the influence of Steer, before Innes had adopted a more decorative style as a result of studying Cotman and the Post-Impressionists.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I