Stanley Cursiter was born in Kirkwell, Orkney, and was among the first students to train at the College of Art in Edinburgh, which opened on its present site in 1907.

Cursiter mixed with key members of the Scottish avant-garde, including Samuel Peploe and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and played a significant part in introducing Post-Impressionism to Scotland, as well as experimenting with the approach of Futurism.

After his experience serving in the First World War, Cursiter’s style became more Realist. A View of Cassis, painted during a six-month trip to the French Riviera in 1920, reflects this change. The picture, one of a group painted by the artist in Cassis that year, shows the church and roofs of the Mediterranean port set against the dry summer landscape.

The Hunterian collection includes paintings by many of Cursiter’s Scottish contemporaries, as well as four prints and a painting by Cursiter himself. A View of Cassis now joins them there.


Private collection; sold at auction at McTears auction house 2017; Ewan Mundy Fine Art.

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