Woman on a Balcony - Preparatory Study for 'At My Studio Window'

This colourful study is closely related to the composition of the monumental nude 'At My Studio Window' (1992.222). The clothed figure seems to have acted as a preliminary sketch before tackling what was to be a new and challenging subject in 1910.

Fergusson's interest in the nude found a precedent in the work of the Fauves and was a theme developed by him during his 'Rhythmist' period between 1910 and 1912. In keeping with the large oil painting, the woman's identity is masked by placing her in front of the studio window with her face in shadow.

Fergusson's preoccupations with creating likenesses of individual sitters diminished during the first decade of the 20th century. Instead he became more concerned about conveying his emotional response to subject matter and his nudes in particular hint at a more symbollic treatment of the subject.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1909 (circa)
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.218
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a