Bathers in Green

From the 1920's onwards Fergusson's working methods changed. He tended to reserve oil paint solely for use in his studio, gathering his initial impressions of the subject outdoors in the form of watercolour sketches. These watercolours plus his memories, were used as the basis for more ambitious works such as this.

Whilst Margaret Morris's Summer Schools provided the source of subjects for these works, Fergusson played an active role in teaching painting, design and sculpture at the Schools, alongside the students dance classes and lessons in musical composition, lighting, set and costume design.

His preference for working outdoors found a natural progression at the Summer Schools where he immersed himself in the positive, celebratory and liberating atmosphere that they generated. His work based on Morris and her pupils exudes sensuality and health.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1931
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.262
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a