Bathers, the Parasol

An emphasis on increasingly vibrant colour, including a favourite intense pink, and large areas of fragmented pattern, give Fergusson's late works a strongly decorative feel, as here. The contrived quality of many of his compositions was due to the fact that he frequently worked from memory combined with sketches.

Nudes and portraits continued to provide an endless source of fascination. This involved the almost obsessive reworking of a stock figure, a personal and highly idealised vision that had changed little since the 1920's. This treatment heightened the idea of the sitter's femininity at the expense of their individuality.

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: 1951
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.293
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a