Siesta

Sunshine, health and an unashamed enjoyment of life's sensual pleasures are typical of Fergusson's paintings, here heightened by the exotic location and intense colours. His vision was wholly focused on the positive. According to Morris, he refused to paint when he felt depressed for fear this enter his work.

On the subject of the nude Fergusson said, 'I haven't said anywhere that it is necessary to paint nudes to be an artist...But I do say that the artist must have enough courage and freedom of mind to paint nudes if he wants to...not apologetic but wholesome healthy statements of wholesome, healthy people'.

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: 1992.294
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a