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The Black Bottle About 1905

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Peploe's most characteristic subject was still life. The layout of the items on this table suggests it has been set up for a casual lunch or dinner. This work was painted before the artist began to experiment with bright colours in his work, but it shows the influence of French painting, such as the work of Manet. Peploe painted this picture using broad, painterly brushstrokes and set the items against a dark background. The scene is tightly composed - the dish of grapes to the right hand side balances the black bottle, and the orange flower on the printed bowl echoes the colour of the apple.

Glossary Open

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Still life


  • Acc. No. GMA 26
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 50.80 x 61.00 cm (framed: 71.50 x 81.80 x 7.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Mr J.W. Blyth 1939