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    Sale 7555

    Scottish Art The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

    23 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 158

    John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)

    Dancing Nude: Effulgence

    Price Realised  


    John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
    Dancing Nude: Effulgence
    polished brass
    8½ in. (21.6 cm.) high
    Conceived circa 1920.

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    Fergusson viewed sculpture as having an integral part in his practice and there are many parallels between his works in two and three dimensions. His statuesque painted nudes of 1910-12 lent themselves naturally to a three-dimensional progression resulting in figurines which embrace the female form and celebrate its voluptuousness. The present work, conceived in 1920, also shows the Eastern influences of Indian temple goddesses noted in the artist's sketchbooks. (see K. Simister, Living Paint J.D. Fergusson, Edinburgh, 2001, pp. 70-73).

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    Purchased by Bet Low at the 1965 exhibition.


    K. Simister, Living Paint J.D. Fergusson 1874-1961, Edinburgh, 2001, p. 70, no. 153, plaster illustrated.


    Glasgow, New Charing Cross Gallery, J.D. Fergusson, March - April 1965.