Morning in Touraine

The contrast between this landscape and more rugged examples such as 'The Mountain Path Thorenc' (1992.252) shows Fergusson's ability to adapt his style in response to the differing character of the landscape. The title suggests an interest in a particular time of the day and this is in keeping with his early works.

The handling of the paint is unusually flat and the composition also reinforces two dimensionality by building up the picture in a series of horizontal bands. The muted pastel pinks and buffs add to the works meditational, restful mood.

Fergusson first met the American sculptor Jo Davidson (1883-1952) in Paris before the First World War. They remained lifelong friends and later Davidson purchased a property in the Loire Valley. Fergusson and Morris visited him there and it is likely that this painting resulted from one of these trips.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1931
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.259
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a