Fergusson's attraction to travel led him to visit Spain and Morocco and to choose Paris as his base rather than Edinburgh or London. From his earliest days he showed a tendency to favour showy, exotic subject-matter and much of the appeal of this hot, sultry painting lies in its distinctly foreign flavour.
Fergusson's experiences of the south of France began in 1913 in Antibes. This then near deserted stretch of sun. sea and palm trees effected an 'Arabian Nights atmosphere' according to Margaret Morris, after visiting him there. This inspirational location was one to which Fergusson returned from then on.
Despite his attraction to rich, showy subjects, Fergusson's studio and personal appearance were totally at odds with that we would expect of a bohemian artist. His studio was immaculately kept with fresh white walls and a polished floor and he went about his work in a carefully organised, methodical and deliberate way.
- Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
- Date: 1933
- Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
- Accession number: 1992.266
- Category: Fine Art
- Subject: n/a