Vase and Flower on Book

The creamy application of paint on this swiftly executed panel, has a fluency and fluidity that suggests the influence of the French Impressionist painter Edouard Manet (1832-1883). The lightening of Fergusson's palette owes much to the Impressionist's stress on the artistic importance of light.

Fergusson's views were in sympathy with those of the Impressionists following his trips to the Parisian galleries and the north-west coast of France with his lifelong friend SJ Peploe (1871-1935). In 1905 he included a telling statement in the introduction to his exhibition at the Baillie Galleries in London.

'That he (the artist) is trying for truth, for reality: through light. That to the realist in painting, light is the mystery; for form and colour which are the painters only means of representing life, exist only on account of light'.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on board
  • Date: 1904
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.234
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a