Eastre and Fruits

Here, Fergusson has combined his sculpture, the brass head, 'Eastre' (1992.437), with a bowl of fruit, extending further the association of the pagan sun goddess with growth, abundance and fertility. The symmetry of the head and its richness are directly reflected by the shapes and colours of the fruit.

Whilst on occasion acting as ends in themselves, Fergusson's interest in still-life are closely linked to his more ambitious figure paintings, where flowers and fruit are used to enhance the symbollic role of Woman. This feature of his work distinguishes it from still-lifes by fellow Colourists; Peploe, Hunter and Cadell.

The synthesis of sculpture and painting that Fergusson utilised here, demonstrates the fundamental similarity of his approach to work in different mediums.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1929
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.257
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a