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Veules-les-Roses About 1910 - 1911

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Veules-les-Roses is a pretty seaside town on the northern coast of France where Peploe and fellow Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson, went to swim and to draw holidaymakers on the beach. This rapidly painted oil sketch shows the influence of Fauvism, which Peploe had encountered for the first time in Paris, where he and Fergusson were now living. The bold palette, together with the loose handling of the paint, give a sense of the organic structure of the scene, and highlights in particular the influence of Fauve artist Othon Friesz. In 1906 Friesz travelled with Georges Braque to paint in La Havre, Braque’s hometown, near Veules-les-Roses. Peploe would almost certainly have been aware of the work they created during this trip.

Glossary Open


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.


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.

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.

Fauvism , Palette , Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GMA 909
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 35.60 x 27.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1965