John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
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John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)

First study for Rhythm, Paris

Details
John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961)
First study for Rhythm, Paris
pencil
7½ x 5¾ in. (19 x 14.6 cm.)
Executed in 1911
Provenance
Presented to the present owners by Margaret Morris, the artist's wife.
Special notice

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Lot Essay

The present drawing is a study for Fergusson's painting, Rhythm (1911; J.D. Fergusson Collection, University of Stirling). The painting reflected the philosophy of Bergson, whose concept of the 'rhythm' of life took Paris by storm in 1910. Fergusson and his friend the writer John Middleton Murry were both devotees of his work and together they founded the journal Rhythm, with Murry as editor and Fergusson's design on the cover (see E. Cumming, 'Les Peintres de l'Ecosse Moderne, the Colourists and France', The Scottish Colourists 1900-1930, Royal Academy Exhibition Catalogue, London, 2000, p. 47, pl.s 44a and 32).
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