The exoticism of this image and the title (The Indian Curtain) provide links with Fergusson's earlier portraits. During his Paris years Fergusson painted many studio portraits, typically setting his sitters against luxuriant textile drapes decorated with flowers and foliage. The same format is used here.
Strands of exotic influence are woven throughout Fergusson's work. By nature an earthy character with a strong physical presence, his preference for hot, sunny climates and youthful female subjects was matched by the sensuality of his working methods.
Themes with an oriental flavour were fashionable during the Paris years and popularised by the performances of the Russian Ballet. Morris recalled Fergusson's interest in Indian and Cambodian sculpture and repeated visits to the Trocadero Museum. This is backed up by the content of his sketchbooks.
- Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
- Date: 1933
- Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
- Accession number: 1992.265
- Category: Fine Art
- Subject: n/a