In the Patio: Margaret Morris Fergusson
© The Fergusson Gallery, Perth and Kinross Council , Scotland

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In the Patio: Margaret Morris Fergusson 1925

On Display Modern Two

  • Scottish Art
This is a portrait of the artist's wife Margaret Morris (1891-1980), an influential innovator in modern dance and an accomplished artist in her own right. She studied dance in Paris and by 1910 was established in London with her own dance school, becoming London’s youngest theatre manager two years later. Morris met Fergusson in Paris in 1913 and they moved to Glasgow in 1939. Together they collaborated on many dance projects and Morris helped to lay the foundations for modern dance practice. Fergusson's paintings often have erotic overtones - here the shapes of the fruit echo the forms of the breasts. He has used a reduced palette of colours and created harmony within the composition through the repeated use of arcs, on the head, still-life elements and arches in the background.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Palette

A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Composition, Palette , Still life

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3352
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 71.20 x 61.10 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Mr and Mrs G.D. Robinson through the Art Fund 1988