Pictures from an Important Private Canadian Collection
John Duncan Fergusson RBA (British, 1874-1961)
Bather, Cap d'Antibes signed 'J.D. Fergusson' (verso) oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm. (23 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.)
PROVENANCE: Gordon MacPherson, Glasgow EN Marshall, Glasgow With Ewan Mundy Fine Art, Glasgow, 2000
Fergusson first visited Cap d'Antibes in 1913, and wrote Margaret in December: "The place here has given me quite a new start, a different feeling altogether about painting, or rather it has given me what I've been trying to make out of nothing - the colour, the shapes, everything that I was developing by sheer sweat and labour is here. The light that one snatched with excitement when it happened once in a blue moon, is here even in winter." (K. Simister, Living Paint, JD Fergusson, Perth, 2001, p. 56)
They then returned in the 1920s for Margaret's Summer Schools, at the home of George Davison, and models were plentiful for joyous works such as these depicting young women at ease with nature.