Souvenir de Jumieges

The French title given to this painting translates as 'Memory of Jumieges' which is a small town in Normandy, near Rouen. It may be that as with 'Summer 1914' it was a painting based on earlier sketches, combined with Fergusson's memories. We do not know the identity of the sitter portrayed.

Fergusson initially developed his portraits along conventional lines showing interest in depicting physical likenesses and respect for the individuality of each sitter. As time passed however he began to develop the entire surface of the canvas in ways that he felt enhanced or complimented the sitter's character.

He increasingly stylised women's facial features arriving at a stock type of Fergusson portrait. Unlike the exuberance and joie de vivre of most, this is a quieter image and the abstract, tonal treatment of the background, broken into graded vertical strips, suggest the influence of Cubist painters.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1931
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.26
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a