Hunterian Art Gallery Exhibition Celebrates J. D. Fergusson

Three important paintings by the Scottish Colourists will be seen in Scotland for the first time this autumn. The trio, on loan from the French Government, will form part of a major exhibition at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Art Gallery.

‘Colour, Rhythm and Form: J.D. Fergusson and France’, on view from 10 September 2011 until 8 January 2012, features the work of Scottish artist J.D. Fergusson (1874 – 1961), a key member of the internationally renowned group known as the Scottish Colourists. It will be the only exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of Fergusson’s death.

Highlighting Fergusson’s lifelong interest in France, which inspired some of his most substantial works, the show will also consider the role he played in the relationships that fellow Colourists F.C.B. Cadell, S.J. Peploe and G. L. Hunter had with France.

At the centre of the exhibition will be a selection of works shown at two prestigious Parisian galleries where the Colourists first exhibited as a group in 1924, and again in 1931. These include Fergusson’s ‘Déesse de la Rivière’,

Hunter’s ‘Lac Lomond’ and Peploe’s’ La Forêt’, acquired by the French Government in 1931 from the Galerie Georges Petit on the opening day of the exhibition ‘Les Peintres de l’Ecosse Moderne’ (Modern Scottish Painters).

‘Colour Rhythm and Form’ also includes special loans from other collections in Scotland, displayed alongside The Hunterian’s own important collection of works by Fergusson and his fellow Colourists. These include two significant recent acquisitions, the bronze head ‘Eastre’ and the oil painting ‘In the Woods, Cap d’Antibes’.

Image: J.D. Fergusson, Les Eus, c. 1910.© The Fergusson Gallery, Perth and Kinross Council.

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