Eástre (Hymn to the Sun)
© The Fergusson Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council

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Eástre (Hymn to the Sun) 1924 (cast 1971)
  • Scottish Art
Although best known as a painter, Fergusson also made several sculptures. The title of this bust refers to Eástre the Saxon goddess of spring, and it is believed to be a portrait of the artist’s wife Margaret Morris. As a dancer and leader of a dance school, Morris was involved in a performance called ‘Hymn to the Sun.’ For Fergusson, she represented the sophisticated modern woman who was simultaneously in touch with primeval forces through the rhythms of dance. The hard, highly-polished surface of the sculpture evokes themes of modernity and the machine age, and gives the bust a radiant ‘other worldly’ quality. It shows Fergusson’s awareness of contemporary developments in the avant-garde, particularly of the work of the sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

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Avant garde

Cultural practices that challenge tradition through experimentation and innovation. Originally a military term, in art it is particularly associated with the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Bust

Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.

Avant garde, Bust

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 1263
  • Medium Brass
  • Size 41.80 x 22.00 x 22.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1972