Dancing, Cap d'Antibes

Ongoing interests in dance and music are evoked here visually by the artist's rhythmic repetitions of colour and form. In contrast to his other images of Morris and her dance pupils, this small panel suggests a crowded social setting of dancing couples.

The shifting patterns, textures and glowing colour, were perhaps inspired by an actual experience of dancing on a specific occasion although there is no supporting evidence for this. Infact, Fergusson never danced during Morris Summer Schools, depite teaching art lessons to the pupils that attended.

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 card
  • Date: 1935
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.273
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a