Reclining Golden Nude

The advent of Margarte Morris's Summer Schools in 1917 was of lasting significance to Fergusson's artistic development. Although now a familiar concept, Morris's idea was truly ahead of its time, reflecting er wareness of the pioneering work of Isadora Duncan and Emile Jaques Dalcroze.

The concept of oneness with the environment was heightened by the students short, simple tunics with bare backs and shoulders and bare feet. The minimal clothing was intended to allow them to move freely and naturally. In Fergusson's paintings the figures are often nudes, enhancing this idea further.

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: n/a
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.303
  • Category: Fine Art
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