Gloxinias and Fuchsias

Fergusson's earlier treatment of still-life focussed on household objects and flowers in interior settings. After World War One he concentrated almost exclusively on studies of flowers and fruit in which background plays an increasingly insignificant role Here the flowers take on a life of their own.

It is as though these flowers have been magnified or viewed as a close-up, their sensuous, curving petals and leaves form a rhythmic pattern of colour and line across the surface of the canvas. Fergusson's ongoing interest in music and dance and Celtic art are apparent in his focus on curving, intertwining shapes.

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 board
  • Date: 1938
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.276
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a