Samuel John Peploe

Scottish (1871 - 1935)
Samuel John Peploe Pink Roses, Chinese Vase About 1916 - 1920

Biography

Born 1871
Died 1935
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Edinburgh
Death place Edinburgh

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.

Glossary terms

  • A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

  • A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.