Figures on the Seashore - Nudes by the Sea

For practical reasons, the habit of working outdoors, recording different light and weather conditions encouraged Fergusson to adopt a small scale and a free spontaneous approach. His early works convey an enjoyment of the manipulation of the creamy texture of paint best suited to this.

Travel offered an increasingly important stimulus to Fergusson's work. The weather abroad was far more conducive to sitting out in the open-air than the unpredictable conditions typical in Scotland. Fergusson spent many summers during the early 1900's painting in the north-west coastal resorts of France.

The anonymous titles of his works from this period indicate a move away from interest in recording the specifics of place and this was in keeping with his 'plein-air' practice. Impressionist influence is indicated by the lightening of his palette.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1904 (circa)
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.204
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a