Dark Tree and Foliage

With the exception of some of Fergusson's early experimental work there is little to indicate more than an occasional interest in landscape between 1900 and 1913. A naturally gregarious and outgoing personality, Fergusson's life and painting interests tended to revolve around people and his close circle of friends. 

Painted whilst Fergusson was based in Paris, this study is unusually sombre in colour. Instead of the light-filled, naturalistic emphasis of the Impressionists there is a new focus on pattern conveyed by bold outlining. The desire to create mood through colour also suggests the stylistic influence of the Fauves.

Worked on a small scale it is likely that the painting was made outdoors direct from nature. This contrasts with Fergusson's later landscape paintings which tended to be developed up in the studio from sketches gathered on the spot.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1908 = 1909 (circa)
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.213
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a