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The title, 'Tenebres', from the French word for darkness, conveys the mysteriousness with which Fergusson wished to endow this portrait. The heavily lidded, slanting eyes show an interest in exoticism and reflect his ongoing interest in Cambodian and Indian art. The sitter is unknown. Further ties with Eastern influence are found in a number of small, dancing figurines which echo the rhythmic poses and stylisation of Indian temple goddesses from the pages of Fergusson's sketchbooks.
H 38 x W 21 x D 26 cm