Spring in the South 1914

This painting of Morris, unusually for Fergusson's later nudes, shows her reclining indoors, with the natural surroundings viewed through the window acting as a backdrop. The elongated limbs and taut forms of the nude relate to Morris's slim, dancer's physique and to certain of Fergusson's earlier sculptures.

Numerous photographs taken of each other on the beach in the south of France reveal Fergusson and Morris healthy' sun-oriented lifestyle. The accent on physical well-being was essential to Morris's dance method. She combined a stringent diet with dancing and a positive mental outlook throughout her life.

On his death in 1961 Fergusson left the largest collection of his works in existence to his partner, Margaret Morris (1891-1980). In 1963 she established the JD Fergusson Art Foundation, who subsequently gifted the entire collection, archive and copyright to Perth and Kinross District Council in November 1991.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on canvas
  • Date: 1934
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.27
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a