Still Life - Teapot with Flowers and Fruit

Fergusson's interest in still life developed circa 1910 as represented by this example. It is one of a number of colourful, analytical studies where Fergusson explored in more depth, different approaches to composition and colour, based on the regrouping of a number of familiar objects.

This compact image gains much of its strength from the broad blue contours which contain the still life. The thick paint and strong tonal contrasts also suggest the influence of the painter Auguste Chabaud (1882-1955), who derived his personal style in part from the Fauves.

Fergusson particularly admired the work of Chabaud, mentioning his work in a review of the Salon d'Automne in 1909. 'The three canvases by M. Chabaud impressed me greatly. By the utmost simplicity of treatment he has achieved a most intense realism'.

  • Material/Medium: oil paint on panel
  • Date: 1912(circa)
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.308
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a