J.D. Fergusson

Café-Concert des Ambassadeurs

1907

Artist
J.D. Fergusson 1874–1961
Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 375 x 413 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Sir Louis Fergusson 1949
Reference
N05880

Not on display

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Fergusson was a leading Scottish modernist. His frequent visits to Paris from the 1890s illustrate the close ties between modern Scottish art and French painting. He was one of a group of painters attracted by the bright colours used by the Fauve group of French artists.Fergusson developed enlarged sketches of café-life like this into finished paintings, which often centred on the figure of a glamorous woman. Dance became important for him as he later became interested in eurhythmics, a system of rhythmical body movements.

Gallery label, July 2007

Catalogue entry

N05880 CAFé CONCERT DES AMBASSADEURS 1907
 
Inscr. on back, ‘J.D. Fergusson 83 rue N.D. des Champs Paris’.
Oil on millboard, 14 3/4×16 1/4 (37·5×41).
Presented by Sir Louis Fergusson 1949.
Coll: Purchased by Sir Louis Fergusson from the artist 1918.
Exh: Baillie Gallery, November 1908 (catalogue not traced); The Collection of Sir Louis Fergusson, K.C.V.O., Leicester Galleries, September 1948 (50); Arts Council, R.S.A., November–December 1961, and tour 1961–2 (33).

Painted in 1907 when the artist was living in Paris. The donor (who is no relation to the artist) said that he first admired the picture at the Baillie Gallery and bought it ten years later. (Letters of 25 July 1952 and 14 August 1952.) The Baillie Gallery moved to Bruton Street in 1908 and held an inaugural exhibition containing some sixty works by Fergusson (cf. Art Journal, 1908, p.377).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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