About this artwork

In the summer of 1924 Peploe’s work was exhibited in Paris along with paintings by the other Scottish Colourists. Whilst in France Peploe also travelled to Cassis with the artist FCB Cadell, and it was during this trip that this work was painted. Peploe’s use of rich, bright colours suggests the baking heat and strong sunlight of the South of France. The composition echoes the work of Cézanne. The elements of the painting are meshed together like a tapestry using short, even brushstrokes. The balance of colours and repetition of the spiky, succulent plants is used to great decorative effect. Peploe was so enamoured with Cassis that he returned on a painting trip four years later.

  • title: Landscape at Cassis
  • accession number: GMA 866
  • artist: Samuel John PeploeScottish (1871 - 1935)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Scottish Colourists
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1924
  • measurements: 55.40 x 45.70 cm (framed: 77.90 x 68.00 x 10.00 cm)
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Mr Gordon Binnie 1963
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

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.