John Duncan Fergusson

In the Patio: Margaret Morris Fergusson

About this artwork

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.

  • title:
    In the Patio: Margaret Morris Fergusson
  • accession number:
    GMA 3352
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1925
  • measurements:
    71.20 x 61.10 cm (framed: 94.00 x 84.00 x 9.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Mr and Mrs G.D. Robinson through the Art Fund 1988
  • copyright:
    © The Fergusson Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council, Scotland
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

John Duncan Fergusson

John Duncan Fergusson