The Scottish Colourists
Celebrating the work of the Scottish Colourists, this display consists of paintings from the Gallery’s permanent collection and others which are on loan to us. It accompanies The Scottish Colourist Series: SJ Peploe (3 Nov 2012 – 23 Jun 2013), a major exhibition of the work of SJ Peploe, which can be also be seen in Modern Two.
Popularly known as the Scottish Colourists, the four artists FCB. Cadell, JD Fergusson, GL Hunter and SJ Peploe are amongst the most admired of early 20thcentury painters. All were born in Scotland in the latter part of the 19th century and were attracted to France early in their careers. Although the four were friends, they did not constitute a formal group and the collective term by which they are now known derives instead from their shared preference for vivid colour and a fluid handling of paint. Their direct contact with French Post-Impressionism and early knowledge of the work of Henri Matisse and other Fauve artists encouraged them to produce paintings which are among the most innovative in British art of the period.