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Étaples about 1906
  • Scottish Art

Peploe and fellow Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson travelled to France together for the first time in 1904, to work in Brittany. They returned to paint the north-coast towns and resorts of Dieppe, Étaples and Paris-Plage several times before Fergusson moved to Paris in 1907. ‘Étaples’ reveals Peploe’s interest in the French Impressionists, with whose work he was familiar since studying in Paris in 1894. In this small painting Peploe has created a dense image of a street scene, constructed in thick, freely applied paint and using a palette based on shades of blue with red highlights.

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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.

Palette

A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

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.

Impressionism, Palette , Scottish Colourists

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 1937
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 19.00 x 24.20 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977