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.


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

Avant garde, Bust


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