Portrait en Rose

The sitter for this painting of the Glasgow years is unknown. Although less varied and experimental than his earlier works, Fergusson's overriding enjoyment of colour is still very much evident. He particularly enjoyed exploiting the decorative potential of glowing pinks and reds, as used here.

In contrast to the free spontaneous technique he had previously employed to capture fleeting impressions, Fergusson now worked in a slower, more methodical way. Achiecing an overall harmony between the colours of different elements in the picture remained of central importance.

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: 1946
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.288
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a