Still Life
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Still Life about 1913
  • Scottish Art
After moving to Paris in 1910, Peploe concentrated almost exclusively on painting still lifes and landscapes. This painting shows a strong influence of cubist art through the use of structured brushstrokes and the faceted background. However while he does flatten the perspective in the painting, Peploe does not show any of the objects on the table from different angles, as the Cubists tended to do. Instead, the painting remains quite clearly focused on the reality of what is in front of the artist, without becoming too abstract.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Cubism

A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Perspective

The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Abstract art, Cubism , Perspective, Still life

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 32
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 55.00 x 46.00 cm (framed: 74.90 x 66.40 x 11.50 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Mr A.J. McNeill Reid 1946