Pink Roses

Roses were a favourite flower of Fergusson's, as for many artists. He may have been aware of earlier examples by the French artists Manet (1832-1883) and Renoir (1841-1919) or by the Scottish painter Stuart Park (1862-1833), one of the Glasgow Boys whom he so admired.

Fergusson no longer indicates the container for the bouquet, or the background but conceives the roses in terms of an overall rhythmic pattern based entirely on the shapes of the rose petals and foliage. Paint is built up thickly in layers to create an added sense of volume and depth in the blooms.

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: 1941
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.28
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a