I've seen it now and I can say "Yes!", emphatically, "yes!"
This is the third in the Gallery's Scottish Colourist series after Cadell and Peploe over the last two years. It looks as though we are not to get a Hunter show, so take this chance to see Fergusson - it's on until mid-June - and prepare to be impressed.
I say that because I was less familiar with his work than with that of Cadell and Peploe, so perhaps was more susceptible to being bowled over by his range and the sheer energy of his pieces, but bowled over I was. There are around 100 works on show, sculptures as well as paintings, and they include still lifes, landscapes, portraits, nudes, and even pictures from his brief time as a war artist*. With virtually no formal training, Fergusson absorbed Impressionism, Fauvism and even Vorticism to startling effect, and in the course of a long life spent mostly in France or his native Scotland, produced work which " ... is a deep and pure expression of his immense love of life. Endowed with a rare plastic feeling, almost sculptural in its quality. He joined with it an exceptional sense of colour, outspoken, ringing colours, rich and splendid in their very substance."
Click here to see some of the exhibition highlights (though those tiny images do not do justice to the real things), and here to see a short related film, then please come back tomorrow when I'll have a little something to give away.
*When reporting for duty he admitted that he really did not like khaki, and the interviewing colonel said - in all seriousness - "we can't do anything about that, but what about the Navy?" As blue was Fergusson's favourite colour (good man!), a succesful posting ensued.