Neon, Café Pousset

The title of this work suggests that Fergusson was interested in conveying the quality of neon light in a café interior. This provides a degree of continuity with his earlier interests in capturing the light particular to the time of day, or the weather. This appears to have been a one-off experiment.

The sitter in this portrait is unknown. Her pale flesh tones are contrasted against a vibrant backdrop of blues and pinks that interpenetrate with objects in the foreground such as the glass and jug. This reinforces Fergusson's overriding concern with the effect of neon lighting on his subject.

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: 1992.272
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a