About this artwork

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.

Samuel John Peploe

Samuel John Peploe

Peploe is one of the group of four artists known as the 'Scottish Colourists.' Born in Edinburgh, he studied art in Paris and lived there from 1910 to 1912. It was through painting holidays in Northern France that he was introduced to the use of bold colour, inspired by the bright sunlight. He later experienced the same intensity of light while painting on the island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. French painting proved to be a powerful influence for Peploe throughout his life. Although his work never became abstract, it was characterised by tight composition, strong colour and assured handling.