White Flower

Many artists have employed still-life elements in their figurative works to convey a symbollic meaning. The white lily for example has been equated with female chastity and purity. Here however, Fergusson looks at a flower in isolation, valuing it entirely on its own terms while exploring colour and paint texture.

Easily set up in the studio or at home, the neutral and impersonal nature of still-life and its suitability to a modest scale made it a highly saleable option. Fergusson characteristically seems not to have exploited this opportunity but to have developed his interests in keeping with his broader artistic intentions.

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: 1941
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.282
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a