John Duncan Fergusson

La Terrasse, Café d'Harcourt

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About this artwork

This painting depicts the terrace of the fashionable Café d'Harcourt, on the Boulevard St Michel, opposite the Sorbonne University in Paris. Fergusson immensely enjoyed being part of the 'café society.' An outgoing character, he was part of a group of Anglo-American artists who made the café the centre of their social and intellectual life. Fergusson has flattened the perspective in this painting, drawing attention to surface pattern. The use of flat, bright areas of colour in particular, the green shadows in the face of the man on the right of the painting shows the influence of Matisse and the fauvist painters.

John Duncan Fergusson

John Duncan Fergusson