About this artwork

Inspired by his friend, and fellow Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson’s successful move to Paris in 1907, Peploe followed suit in 1910. Fergusson recalled “Peploe and I went everywhere together… I was very happy, for I felt at last he was in a suitable milieu… He was working hard, and changed from blacks and greys to colour and design”, as can be seen in this painting. Peploe’s more controlled and graphic composition, as compared to earlier, more impressionist works like ‘On the French Coast’, with half the image boldly given over to an almost empty sky, reveal his exposure to Fauvism in Paris.

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Samuel John Peploe

Samuel John Peploe

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