The Japanese Statuette

Fergusson liked exotic, showy subject-matter and incorporated oriental objects in this still life which was in keeping with the fashions of the day. During the nineteenth century Japanese art and culture fascinated Western artists and writers. Painters made use of it on a variety of different levels.

Two of the Glasgow Boys, the generation of painters preceding Fergusson and to whom he is often related, George Henry (1858-1943) and EA Hornel (1864-1933) visited Japan and included many Japanese motifs in their in their work. Their response was decorative rather than displaying a deeper understanding.

The work was exhibited twice by Fergusson during the pre-war period in Britain. The first was at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1904 and the second at his first solo ehibtion at the Baillie Galleries in London In 1905.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: n/a
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.132
  • Category: Fine Art
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