Street Scene

This small study, executed in swift, sketchy brushstrokes has all the hallmarks of a work executed 'en plein air' (outdoors) in the manner of the French Impressionsits. However, the dark colouring, particularly the introduction of black, and contouring, indicate Fergusson's growing awareness of the Fauves.

It is likely that Fergusson painted this scene after his permanent move to Paris. He thought carefully before committing himself to the annual rent of £12.00 for the studio in Edgar Boulevard Quinet. He had no reason to regret his decision, for his years in Montparnasse were to prove some of his most successful.

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 panel
  • Date: n/a
  • Creator: John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
  • Accession number: 1992.311
  • Category: Fine Art
  • Subject: n/a