Rhythm in the Sun: J.D. Fergusson’s depiction of the nude

Order DescriptionOf the four Scottish Colourists, it is John Duncan Fergusson’s admiration of the female body and rhythmic lines that have made him stand out as the most versatile and experimental. Fergusson was a proud Scotsman but it was during time spent in Paris and in particular the South of France, among his circle of friends, which included Derain and Picasso, that he felt a true sense of artistic freedom.
Fergusson was also a devoted admirer of les fauves, which demonstrates the influence of Matisse and Cézanne in particular with its bold linear brushstrokes and complex handling of tone and colour.

compare Fergusson nudes to Matisse’s ‘Dance’

compare to Cezanne’s nude

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