Thorenc Head

The linking of women with Nature is increasingly evident in Fergusson's later work, as it is in this study of Morris, where the colour and brushwork create a decorative fusion or harmony between the head and the pine trees behind. Morris and her dancers were Fergusson's most frequent inspiration.

Morris's own belief in the benefit of fresh air and sunshine for her teaching were linked to her increasing interest in the therapeutic potential of dance during the 1920's. Her Summer Schools regularly based in south France, placed great significance on her student's mental well-being in relation to their physical health.

Fergusson's own work parallelled this, in his assertion that all art should stem from positive emotions rather than anxiety. Morris recalled long periods of inactivity when Fergusson chose not to draw or paint for fear that negative emotions were seen in his work

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1929
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.256
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a