Samuel John Peploe

Roses [verso: Portrait of a Woman] (About 1920 - 1925 [verso about 1908])

About this artwork

Peploe never tired of painting still-lifes, striving for many years to produce a ‘perfect’ still life. The small range of objects he used allowed him to experiment with colour, form and composition. He explained, "flowers, leaves, jugs, what not – colours, form, relation – I can never see the mystery coming to an end." Dominated by the bright yellow table cloth, this painting shows Peploe’s skilful use of colour to structure the composition of a painting. The flowers in his pictures changed according to the season – tulips in spring and roses in summer.

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.

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