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In 1908 Innes travelled in France for the first time, in the company of the artist John Fothergill. They stayed near Bozouls in Southern France, where Innes drew and painted the landscape. These paintings were the most Impressionist of his short career, following the example of Wilson Steer, his teacher at the Slade School. The brilliant blue sky is flecked with wispy clouds, and the birds also catch the sunlight. Delicate touches of colour sparkle in the foreground.
The two artists went on to Collioure on the Mediterranean, where Innes painted with more intense colours and a concentrated design, freed of detail.

September 2004