Closerie des Lilas

This work is closely related to the painting 'Carrefour de l'Observatoire' (1992.221) depicting the same setting seen at different times of the day. The small scale indicate that the works were probably made outdoors direct from the subject, rather than at a later date from sketches in the studio.

Fergusson referred to the Closerie des Lilas as, '...a charming café. It had a very large terrace and seats under the trees where, later, Paul Fort (King of the Poets) held open meetings on Thursdays, for all the poets'.

Fergusson thrived on the lively, bohemian atmosphere of Parisian cafes and bars and later reflected how important this experience had been in terms of broadening his point of view and stimulating his creativity. This pre-1914 period was arguably the most experimental and productive of his entire career.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1908
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.211
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a