Pique Nique en Provence

In this painting of female nudes at a picnic, Fergusson echoes a time-honoured and popular artistic theme. The concept behind the tradition of the 'fete champetre' was that the nudes should embody the fruitfulness of nature around them and this was indeed close to Fergusson's most fundamental intentions.

Nature and the human body are two closely related themes in Fergusson's work. He spoke of the need to find 'agreement forms' between figures and backgrounds. The close integration between these nudes and the landscape is reinforced by colour and enhances their force a symbols of natural life.

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: 1949
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.29
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a