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One of the most significant Scottish artists of the twentieth century, JD Fergusson was associated with the 'Scottish Colourists', who adopted the bright colours and simplified outlines of modern French painting, particularly the Fauves. He visited Paris frequently and lived there from 1907 to 1914. Blue Beads is one of many similar studies by him of a modern type of female beauty. The heavy outline is characteristic of his painting, and was linked to an idea of rhythm.
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