Bathers, the Breeze

The coastal locations of Margaret Morris's Summer Schools at which outdoor classes were held and sea-bathing encouraged supplied Fergusson with a constant supply of models on which to base his work. An attitude of relaxation and contentment is conveyed by them despite the waves breaking on the shore.

Fergusson's later paintings tended to be executed in his studio, although based on watercolours that he had made spontaneously out of doors. Months or even years might pass before his sketches were realised in oil paint.

Fergusson once reflected, 'I can write only as I paint; impressions and material used in the attempt to express what I feel today come, not necessarily from what I have seen or felt today but may go further back than the North Inch of Perth' ("Chapter from an Autobiography",Saltire Review Vol 6, No 21, 1960 p27)

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1923
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.25
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a