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.

Samuel John Peploe Iona Landscape: Rocks About 1925 - 1927


Glossary terms

  • A French expression meaning ‘in the open air’. It refers to the practice of painting a complete picture outside as apposed to a creating a preparatory sketch or study. The technique was developed during the mid 1800’s by Constable in Britain, in France by the Barbizon School painters such as Courbet and Corot and later by the Impressionist painters including Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Artists using the technique sought to capture the essence of natural light. In the second half of the nineteenth century the technique spread throughout much of Europe and into America.

  • A group of painters in France in the early 20th century, including Henri Matisse and André Derain, who used bold, vivid colours in their work. The name is derived from a derogatory remark from a critic who saw them as akin to wild beasts.


Exhibition finished
The Scottish Colourist Series: JD Fergusson
  • 7 December 2013 to 15 June 2014
Modern Two
Exhibition finished
The Scottish Colourist Series: FCB Cadell
  • 22 October 2011 to 18 March 2012
  • Free
Modern Two
Exhibition finished
The Scottish Colourist Series: SJ Peploe
  • 3 November 2012 to 23 June 2013
  • £7
Modern Two