Bathing Boxes and Tents at St. Palais

The subject of this panel was popular with the Fauves. The obvious attraction lay in the decorative, rhythmic patterns created by the regular ridges of hut roofs and gaily striped tents of the busy seaside resorts. Fergusson exploits contrasts of bright pink and green stripes in horizontal and vertical bands to great effect.

The thoughtful structuring of the composition through colour and shape suggest a link with the ideas of the 'leader' of the Fauves, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) who compared painting with music declaring, '...there must be a living harmony of colours, a harmony analogous to that of a musical composition'.

On his death in 1961 Fergusson left the largest collection of his works in existence to his partner, Margaret Morris (1891-1980). In 1963 she established the JD Fergusson Art Foundation, who subsequently gifted the entire collection, archive and copyright to Perth and Kinross District Council in November 1991.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1910
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.134
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a