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The Academie Scandinave and the Maison Watteau in Momtparnasse was a meeting place for the international avant-garde during the twenties and thirties.  The studios were initially run by Nordic artists, but from 1927 to 1935, by French artists including Othon Friez, who took an interest in the work of his young Scottish student John McNairn and was a lasting influence.  Although the Fauve movement had been short-lived, the dominant themes of pure colour and form remained uppermost in his teaching.