Fantastic Fergusson Found in Attic
Giverny, France -- Two works by the artist John Duncan Fergusson were recently rediscovered in France by a brother and sister while they were sorting through the contents of a family attic of their home.
Art Collectors of Art Kabinett social media network always like to find fantastic works in the family attic.
The French duo's grandparents lived in the area at the turn of the 20th century, at the same time as it was home to a community of painters, most notably Claude Monet, with whom the grandparents were actually acquainted.
Now one of the paintings by John Duncan Fergusson -- an artist considered the most experimental of the Scottish colorists -- will be one of the highlights at Christie's Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale on November 19th.
The Fergusson portrait 'Poise', shown here, is a 1916 that has not been publicly exhibited since the artist's 1918 exhibition at Connell Gallery, where it was the artist's most highly-priced work.
It will lead the sale at Christie's - and is expected to sell for £80,000 to £120,000.
Fergusson's 'Anne Estelle Rice, washing' to be auctioned in the subsequent day sale on November 20, carries a pre-sale estimate of £40,000 to £60,000. The work features American illustrator-turned-painter Anne Estelle Rice, who was romantically involved with Fergusson between 1906 and 1913, and was the painter's muse.
The work is not the first lost Fergusson artwork to make auction headlines this year.
Edinburgh auctioneers, Lyon & Turnbull offered a rare Fergusson statue, 'Eastre, Hymn to the Sun', that the artist had stashed it under his bed for years due to not being able to pay for its casting - and went up for sale in May.
John Duncan Fergusson (1874 –1961) was a Scottish artist and sculptor, regarded as one of the major artists of the Scottish Colorists school of painting.
Fergusson became part of the enormous growth in artistic talent that Paris was home to at the beginning of the twentieth century. There he mingled with artists like Matisse and Picasso in the café society for which the city was renowned.
In addition, he and his friend Samuel Peploe regularly painted together at the a seaside resort of Paris Plage, and other places along the coast between 1904-9.
It was at this period too that he commenced his relationship with the American illustrator Anne Estelle Rice (1879–1959), whom he encouraged to take up painting.
She had been sent to Paris to provide drawings for articles on theatre, ballet, opera and race meetings published in the North American magazine and was to figure in many of Fergusson's canvases.[
The upcoming Christie's auction will also feature six L.S. Lowry paintings,including his 'Coal Barge', which could fetch £700,000 to £1,000,000 and Euan Uglow's work 'Three In One', estimated at £500,000 to £800,000.