J D Fergusson

Meg Dancing (to a) Toccata, 1914

  • Conte
  • 9 x 7 ins


Madam Autan-Lejeune

Edinburgh, The Scottish Gallery, Fergusson's Women, 7 September - 1 October, 2011

In 1913 Fergusson met Margaret Morris, the dancer who was to become his lifelong partner and muse. Having been captivated by the Ballet Russes performances in Paris, Fergusson became fascinated by dance and so it is no surprise that he was attracted to the young dancer with the dynamic personality and beautiful physique who was visiting Paris with her dance company. Despite his relationship with Anne Estelle Rice, Fergusson couldn't help but pursue Margaret, known affectionately as Meg. Meg Dancing (to a) Toccata was executed just a year after he met her, in 1914. The assured draughtsmanship of the work illustrates the confidence of an artist who has developed a mature style of his own. The background, suggestive of flowers and foliage, is typical of other portraits of this period painted in oil.