Bathers, Evening

This is one of the few of Fergusson's paintings to incorporate male and female figures. As most of the dancers at the Summer Schools were women, the figures in this scene may be George Davison's adopted children or perhaps, other guests whom he had invited to share the Chateau's private bathing spot.

Again, a degree of continuity is expressed with Fergusson's earlier interests by the focus on portraying a setting viewed at a particular time of day. Deep browns skin tones, purples and pinks are used to convey the idea of the sunset visually, typically retaining the painter's sultry sense of heat and the exotic.

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: 1935
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.274
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a