The works of one of the most significant Scottish artists of the modern age are to go on display in a major new exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery. John Duncan Fergusson was an important and influential artist in Britain in the first half of the 20th century, and was a leading figure among the ‘Scottish Colourists’.
Running from 16 November 2019 to 29 February 2020, Fergusson will include some of his best-known works including ‘The Grey Hat’, ‘Le Manteau Chinois’ and ‘At My Studio Window’ , and will feature important works by his contemporaries and founders of the Fauve movement, Matisse and Derain.
This is an incredible opportunity to see works by these iconic artists, who were key players in the modern art movement. As part of the exhibition, Culture Perth and Kinross is delighted to be receiving significant paintings on loan; The Pool of London by André Derain from Tate, On the French Coast by Samuel John Peploe from National Galleries Scotland and Portrait of Greta Moll by Henri Matisse from the National Gallery in London.
These magnificent works of art are to be exhibited for the first time in Perth and offer fans the rare opportunity to view these iconic works outside the nation’s capitals.
The Fergusson exhibition showcases works spanning the duration of Fergusson’s long and productive career and will feature more than 40 paintings, drawings, watercolours. It will be the largest dedicated exhibition of works by Fergusson to take place in Perth.
Collections Officer for Culture Perth and Kinross, Amy Fairley said “We are delighted to be able to exhibit such a fantastic array of works by JD Fergusson in this new exhibition at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.
"We are also very grateful to The National Gallery, Tate and National Galleries Scotland for generously agreeing to loan us important works by André Derain, Henri Matisse and Samuel John Peploe to feature in this ambitious show. This is an incredible opportunity to see works by these iconic artists, who were key players in the modern art movement.
We are grateful to The National Gallery, Tate and National Galleries Scotland for generously loaning important works by André Derain, Henri Matisse and Samuel John Peploe to feature in this ambitious show. "Derain and Matisse pioneered a new style of painting which led to their becoming known as les Fauves, or ‘Wild Beasts’. This movement is characterised by the use of vivid, sometimes clashing colours and simplified forms and came to have a great influence on Fergusson’s work.
"This is a rare opportunity for visitors to see these works outside of London and to learn more about the artists who inspired Fergusson.”
Local cultural charity, Culture Perth and Kinross is the custodian of the largest collection of artwork and personal, archival material belonging to JD Fergusson.
Fergusson opens on Saturday, 16 November at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.
Culture PK offers thanks to The National Gallery, Tate, and National Galleries Scotland for loaning these important works.
National Galleries Scotland cares for, develops, researches and displays the national collection of Scottish and international art and, with a lively and innovative programme of activities, exhibitions, education and publications, aims to engage, inform and inspire the broadest possible public.
Tate’s mission is to increase the public understanding and enjoyment of British art and international modern and contemporary art. Tate is a family of four galleries with over 7 million visitors a year, and it manages a growing national collection of over 70,000 works. These are acquired and cared for on behalf of the public and shown in venues throughout the UK and across the world.
The National Gallery houses the nation’s collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the early 20th centuries. Located in Trafalgar Square in central London, the National Gallery is open to the public 361 days a year, free of charge.
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