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Barra 1903

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Peploe first visited the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides in 1894 and this work was created during his final trip to the island in 1903. Peploe's early landscape painting was invariably small in scale, painted directly in front of his subject on standard-size small, wooden panels. This painting encapsulates Peploe’s desire to depict the essence of the scene before him. The paint is applied in broad, fluid motions, creating the impression of a rolling landscape of grass, sea and beach. Smearing colours on top of each other without waiting for the paint to dry has resulted in large areas of creamy impasto.

Glossary Open


The textured surface of a painting resulting from the thick application of paint.

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.

Impasto, Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. GMA 1934
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 16.10 x 23.80 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977