J.D. Fergusson

Oak Rhythm


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J.D. Fergusson 1874–1961
Object: 425 × 127 × 76 mm, 1.9 kg
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964

Catalogue entry

John Duncan Fergusson 1874–1961

T00668 Oak Rhythm 1925

Not inscribed.
Oak, 16¾ x 5 x 3 (42.5 x 13 x 8) mounted on three bases, 6 x 9 x 8¾ (15 x 23 x 22).
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: Lefevre Gallery, February 1928 (4); Kraushaar Gallery, New York, November 1928 (6); Les Peintres Ecossais, George Petit, Paris, March 1931 (23); Lefevre Gallery, February 1936 (6); Retrospective, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, May 1948 (14); Arts Council Scottish Committee, Memorial Exhibition, R.S.A., November–December 1961 and tour 1962 (144); Leicester Galleries, May–June 1964 (91).
Repr: Artwork, IV, 1928, p. 7.

The artist’s widow wrote (25 July 1964): ‘It was carved—at least started—in the South of France while we were staying with our friends Mr. & Mrs. George Davison at the “Chateau des Enfants” Cap d’Antibes, we were walking in the grounds & my husband found a broken branch from an oak tree in wood—it was curved ... he picked it up and said it had movement and rhythm in it. He took it back to the house and in the afternoon we went to Antibes to find tools with which to work it! He said he had no idea what he would do with it—the figure just “grew” out of the form of the wood—to him it was the soul of the oak.’

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

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