Artwork Description / Detail
Market Day, Pont-Croix
Oil on board 51 x 61 cm
Signed lower right
Titled on original exhibition label verso #7
… the luminous quality of his colouring and atmosphere, with his skilful handling of groups of figures in movement reveals personal talent.
Pont-Croix is a small medieval village situated between Douarnenez and Audierne on the scenic road that winds its way towards the Pointe du Raz. The town is known for its historic architecture and its magnificent church. The Monastery Church of Notre-Dame de Roscudon was built in six stages over five centuries. The Gothic style church was constructed out of granite and its distinctive porch was first completed in the 14th century. Large stained glass windows are one of the main architectural features of the church and were constructed between the 15th and 20th centuries. The architecture and atmosphere of the small village undoubtedly enthralled and inspired Sydney Lough Thompson.
The theme of the primitive ideal featured regularly in Thompson’s work and saw the artist paint market, harbour and historic church scenes, whilst exploring the small villages of Brittany and Provence. Whilst painting in Brittany, Thompson experimented with a lightened colour palette and introduced a tighter compositional order to his works.
Exploring the picturesque village of Pont-Croix and entranced by its famous church, Thompson sketched the scene in front of him. Painting in oil, he created interlocking planes of colour drawing the viewer’s eye to the iconic stained glass windows of the church. In this work, Thompson created an idealised image of the past by excluding any sense of the modern world. Instead focusing on the communal life of the villagers, with horses, carts and calves on their way to the market, gathered outside the iconic Monastery Church of Notre-Dame de Roscudon.