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Life and times

l John Duncan Fergusson (1874 – 1961) was born in Leith and had little formal art education.

l He moved to Paris in 1907 and persuaded his friend and fellow Colourist, Samuel J Peploe, to join him there in 1910.

l The pair became involved in Parisian art circles and were among the very first British artists to see and absorb the latest developments in the work of artists including Picasso and Matisse.

l More than any of his Scottish contemporaries, Fergusson assimilated and refined the latest developments in French painting.

l In 1913 Fergusson met the dancer Margaret Morris (1891 – 1980) who became his lifelong partner.

l On the outbreak of the First World War he was forced to return to Britain, where he joined Morris in London.

l By 1918 he was an established member of the art scene in Chelsea, centred around the Margaret Morris Club, an important gathering place for local artists, writers and composers.

l In 1929 the couple returned to Paris for ten years before settling in Glasgow.

l Throughout the 1950s the couple continued to spend long periods in the south of France, where Morris's creative dance movements and the students at her Summer Schools became Fergusson's favourite models.

l Fergusson died in 1961, the longest-lived of the Scottish Colourists.

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