J.D. Fergusson

Blue Beads, Paris

1910

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On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 502 x 457 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964
Reference
T00667

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One of the most significant Scottish artists of the early 20th century, JD Fergusson was a leading figure among the ‘Scottish Colourists’, who adopted the bright colours and simplified outlines of modern French painting, particularly the Fauves group. He visited Paris frequently and lived there from 1907 to 1914. Blue Beads is one of many studies by him of a modern type of female beauty. The title draws attention to its decorative intention enhanced by the heavy, rhythmic outline and expressive, bold colour.

Gallery label, February 2016

Catalogue entry

John Duncan Fergusson 1874–1961

T00667 Blue Beads, Paris 1910

Inscr. on back, ‘Paris 1910 J. D. Fergusson’.
Oil on board, 19¾ x 18 (50.5 x 46).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964.
Coll: The artist’s widow, Mrs. Margaret Fergusson; purchased by the Friends of the Tate Gallery through the Leicester Galleries 1964.
Exh: Doré Gallery, January 1914 (18); Arts Council Scottish Committee, Memorial Exhibition, R.S.A., November-December 1961 and tour 1962 (57, repr. pi. 9); 20th Century Scottish Painting, Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, August–September 1963 and Arts Council tour (5); Leicester Galleries, May-June 1964 (62). Repr: The Times, 15 May 1964.

The artist’s widow wrote (25 July 1964): ‘I cannot remember seeing that picture since 1914—& 1960! when it came back from Paris with some others, and all studio furniture stored there since 1939! ... I have no idea who the sitter was, I should say a girl he saw in a café & sketched, he did many paintings just from sketches.’

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1964–1965, London 1966.

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