JD Fergusson

Supper Dancers c.1907

Ink and gouache 45 x 31cms

Price: £ 50000

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Fergusson had made almost annual visits to France from the mid-1890s and in 1907, using the proceeds of a successful London exhibition, he decided to move from Edinburgh to Paris. There he quickly became a part of the bohemian café society of Montparnasse, mixing with Picasso and Matisse and recruiting models from the many milliners and seamstresses employed nearby.

To earn a living, before he became established in Paris, Fergusson sold drawings such as this to British and American magazines that were keen to capture the atmosphere of the city, its fashionable citizens and their exciting nightlife being of continuing interest to their readers.

Few of these finished drawings survived the process of being turned into half-tone illustrations and this is one of the best of them, inscribed on the back by Fergusson’s wife Margaret Morris.

Exhibited: Scottish Arts Council, The Need to Draw, n.d., no 22; The Fine Art Society and Glasgow Art Gallery, J D Fergusson: A Centenary Exhibition, 1974, no. 114; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Scottish Colourists: J D Fergusson, 2013-14

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