Nude with Oranges and Sunlight

The female nude which entered Fergusson's work in such dramatic form in Paris in 1910 was to remain a central theme throughout the remainder of his career. It is a feature of his work that distinguishes him from his fellow Scottish Colourists; Peploe (1871-1935), Hunter (1877-1931) and Cadell (1883-1937).

There is continuity in terms of his treatment of the nude which deliberately emphasises female power through curvaceous forms suggesting ripeness, fertility and abundance. These associations are further enhanced by placing the nudes in natural surroundings and here including actual fruit in the painting.

These ideas received positive reinforcement due to the underlying ethos of Margaret Morris's Summer Schools. She believed in the health benefits to be gained from holding classes outdoors and provided minimal, unrestrictive clothing to allow her dancers to move as freely and naturally as possible.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1928
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.253
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a