Game of Tennis, Luxembourg Gardens
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Game of Tennis, Luxembourg Gardens about 1906
  • Scottish Art
Peploe made regular visits to France from 1904, painting on the Channel coast and in Paris, often in the company of J.D. Fergusson. This painting of a sun-dappled game of doubles tennis shows Peploe moving away from the Impressionist technique, which he had previously favoured, towards a more hard-edged style based on flatter blocks of colour and a cropped composition. This was undoubtedly due to the influence of leading artists including Henri Matisse and André Derain then breaking ground in the French art world.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Impressionism

An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

Scottish Colourists

A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.

Composition, Impressionism, Scottish Colourists

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 1944
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 16.10 x 23.80 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977