The Hat with the Pink Scarf

Fergusson painted a number of portraits of Dryden, a friend of Anne Estelle Rice who like her came to Paris to work for the fashion pages of an American trade magazine. Dryden was the first wife of the American sculptor Jo Davidson, another of Fergusson's close circle of friends in Paris between 1907 and 1914.

By posing his model looking up under the hat's generous brim, Fergusson captures the trend during the first decade of the century for increasingly large hats. The paint itself has been applied thickly and vigorously, contrasting the pale skin tones and fashionable dress against a stark dramatic background.

Women in hats inspired some of Fergusson's most memorable work dating to the first decade of the 20th century. His move to Paris, the international capital of fashion, brought him into direct contact with the latest trends and provided an outlet for his taste for visually exotic and showy subject matter.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1907
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.209
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a