Chimney Pots

In keeping with Fergusson's earliest oils, a small scale seems to have encouraged him to adopt an experimental approach in this late work. It is treated in a totally abstract way with the title providing the sole reference to the subject-matter. The scene was probably viewed from his flat in Clouston street.

Continuity with Fergusson's Rhythmist period of the pre-war years in Paris is suggested by his approach to composition, creating a colourful two-dimensional pattern using varied widths of vertical lines. Few other of his works experiment with abstraction to the same degree.

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 board
  • Date: 1959
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.301
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a