On the French Coast; On the French Coast about 1907
  • Scottish Art
Peploe worked on the north coast of France several times between 1904 and 1907, often alongside fellow Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson. This fresh and direct painting is typical of the small panels on which he worked, en plein air, in an Impressionist manner. Thick, long brush strokes capture the essence of the beach scene, rather than its details, using a limited range of colours to convey the varying natural light of the scene.

Glossary Open


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.

Impressionism, Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GMA 1939
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 15.00 x 24.30 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977