Sydney Lough Thompson painted this oil in 1923 when he was living at Concarneau, a fishing port and artists' colony in Brittany, north-east France. Thompson divided his time between Concarneau and shorter stays back in New Zealand. At Concarneau he focused on portraying the activities of the fishermen, whom he painted in a style derived from French impressionism. Thompson retained connections with the New Zealand art community, and provided younger painters with both a model of professionalism and an example in the use of bright colours and strong brushwork.
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