White Ruff - Anne Estelle Rice

Fergusson painted a series of imposing full length portraits in the first decade of the 20th century which show that despite hi shaving had no formal art training, he was both able and aware of the works of such influential figures as Edouard Manet and James MacNeill Whistler whom he was clearly emulating here.

The background is left vague and uniform focusing the viewer's attention fully on the sitter. She is dressed in a full length white skirt with matching jacket gloves and a ruff. On her head she wears ahat bedecked with white an dred flowers. The paint is very fluidly and confidently handled, in keeping with Fergusson's own new found freedom.

The sitter is another of a string of Fergusson's dark haired, vivacious models with whom he became more deeply involved, the Irish American artist Anne Estelle Rice. They met at Paris Plage in 1907 and her apearance may have contributed to Fergusson settling permannetly in Paris later that year. They remained closely involved both professionally and personally for the next six years.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1907
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.21
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a