About this artwork

Peploe began to paint 'en plein air' in around 1896, in North Berwick, a coastal town east of Edinburgh. He made this small, loosely handled work there in 1903. The grey northern light at dusk contrasts with the bright Mediterranean light he was later to capture in France. However, the free brush strokes and rich, impasto paint become common characteristics of his later work.

  • title: North Berwick
  • accession number: GMA 1945
  • artist: Samuel John PeploeScottish (1871 - 1935)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Scottish Colourists
  • materials: Oil on panel
  • date created: Dated 1903
  • measurements: 16.00 x 23.90 cm (framed: 36.30 x 45.90 x 1.30 cm)
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977
  • 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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