Megevian

Margaret Morris provided the inspiration for this work. Its curious title is probably a pun that Fergusson formed from her name combined with the French word for 'health' (evian). In the methods that she devised for teaching dance, Morris like Fergusson was experimental and sought freer modes of expression.

Morris's ideas, like Fergusson's, owe much to artistic innovation on the Continent, particularly events centred in Paris prior to World War One. From their shared experiences they developed a belief in the significance of the links between the Arts that sustained their development thereafter.

George Davison's property, 'Le Chateau des Enfants' in Cap d' Antibes provided the location for many of Morris's Summer Schools in the 1920's. Tragically, Davison died following a fire in the Chateau woods in 1930. Despite this, Fergusson and Morris were still allowed access to the private bathing there.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1931
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.263
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a