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le de Bréhat 1911

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
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.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


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.


An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

Scottish Colourists

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.

Composition, Fauvism , Impressionism, Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GMA 1941
  • Medium Oil on canvas-board
  • Size 32.70 x 40.90 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977