The Scottish Colourist Series: SJ Peploe

  • 3rd November 2012 − 23rd June 2013 | Modern Two (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | £7 (£5)

SJ Peploe

Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935) is one of the four artists known as the Scottish Colourists, along with F. C. B. Cadell, J. D. Fergusson and G. L. Hunter. Peploe was the eldest and most successful - commercially and critically - of the group and it was his friendship with the others which bound them together. They all spent time in France early in their careers and had direct contact with French painting from Manet and the Impressionists, to Matisse and the Fauves.

Peploe is most celebrated for his still lifes. They developed in several distinct phases: the sophistication of the early 1900s; the intensely coloured and geometric oils of the pre-war years; the majestic studies of flowers dating from after the war; and a final, more rustic, approach. Of equal significance are the Scottish and French landscapes that Peploe painted throughout his career, usually en plein air, featuring the island of Iona, Kirkcudbright, Paris and Cassis, amongst other locations.

Peploe was born in Edinburgh in 1871 and lived in the city all of his life, apart from the years 1910 to 1912 which he spent in Paris with Fergusson. His first solo exhibition was held at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh in 1903. Throughout the 1920s Peploe exhibited regularly in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. He was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1927 and died in Edinburgh in 1935.

This is the first retrospective of Peploe’s work to be held in nearly thirty years.