Bathers and Yachts

Health and strength are conveyed by Fergusson's images of bathers in this scene, reducing the natural appearance of the figures to basic, geometric volumes. The cylindrical, smooth limbs and simplified faces dehumanise the individuality of the women portrayed.

From 1925 onwards Fergusson and Morris rented accommodation in Paris at the Hotel des Academies. Both made occasional trips back to London and Fergusson also secured solo exhibitions for his work in Paris, New York and Chicago where his paintings of nudes and bathers found greater acceptance.

Fergusson's late works are dominated by figure compositions like this. Dancers flitting amongst trees or bathers resting in the shade, before sparkling seas and white sands, all sustain his work's upbeat, Mediterranean mood.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1931
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.261
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a