About this artwork

Peploe first visited the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides in 1894 and this work was created during his final trip to the island in 1903. Peploe's early landscape painting was invariably small in scale, painted directly in front of his subject on standard-size small, wooden panels. This painting encapsulates Peploe’s desire to depict the essence of the scene before him. The paint is applied in broad, fluid motions, creating the impression of a rolling landscape of grass, sea and beach. Smearing colours on top of each other without waiting for the paint to dry has resulted in large areas of creamy impasto.

  • title: Barra
  • accession number: GMA 1934
  • artist: Samuel John PeploeScottish (1871 - 1935)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Scottish Colourists
  • materials: Oil on panel
  • date created: 1903
  • measurements: 16.10 x 23.80 cm (framed: 28.90 x 36.50 x 7.30 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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