Spring, Botanic Gardens

Fergusson often utilised the symbolism of the seasons to reinforce the celebratory, life affirming mood of his work. Here the young woman in suitably iconic pose is crowned by a wreath of flowers, acting as an embodiment of the re-birth associated with springtime and the return of the sun.

The themes that Fergusson preferred remained fairly consistent throughout his artistic development. The pagan associations conjured up by his obsessive return to joyous, vitalist principles, found a parallel in the free, sun-worshipping lifestyle that he led with his partner Margaret Morris in the South of France.

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: 1950
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.291
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a