About this artwork

After about 1910 Peploe turned away from portraiture and figure painting in favour of still lifes and landscapes. By 1920 he had abandoned the impressionistic brushwork of his early years for a much tighter handling, which owes much to Cézanne. At the same time he brought an almost geometric structure to his compositions and introduced bright, acid colours. He generally painted the same motifs - flowers, fruit, fans and crockery - arranged in different combinations.

  • title: Still Life, Pears and Grapes [verso: Flowers (unfinished)]
  • accession number: GMA 908
  • artist: Samuel John PeploeScottish (1871 - 1935)
  • gallery: Paxton House
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Scottish Colourists Still life
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1930
  • measurements: 30.50 x 38.30 cm (framed: 47.70 x 55.40 x 7.00 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1965
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Samuel John Peploe

Samuel John Peploe

Peploe is one of the group of four artists known as the 'Scottish Colourists.' Born in Edinburgh, he studied art in Paris and lived there from 1910 to 1912. It was through painting holidays in Northern France that he was introduced to the use of bold colour, inspired by the bright sunlight. He later experienced the same intensity of light while painting on the island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. French painting proved to be a powerful influence for Peploe throughout his life. Although his work never became abstract, it was characterised by tight composition, strong colour and assured handling.

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