The National Galleries of Scotland’s landmark Scottish Colourist Series of exhibitions culminates this winter with the eagerly anticipated retrospective of the work of J. D. Fergusson (1874-1961). Fergusson was born in Leith, near Edinburgh and was essentially self-taught. He moved to Paris in 1907 where, more than any of his Scottish contemporaries, Fergusson assimilated and developed the latest developments in French painting. In 1913 he met the dance pioneer Margaret Morris (1891-1980), who became his life-long partner. Morris, her technique, pupils and Summer Schools, became the main sources of inspiration for Fergusson’s work, before his death in Glasgow in 1961. More than 100 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and items of archival material, lent from public and private collections throughout the UK, will be on display.
A partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh and The Fergusson Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council
J.D. Fergusson, Grace McColl, 1930 (detail), Private collection, courtesy of the Richard Green Gallery, London © The Fergusson Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council, Scotland