About this artwork

Veules-les-Roses is a pretty seaside town on the northern coast of France where Peploe and fellow Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson, went to swim and to draw holidaymakers on the beach. This rapidly painted oil sketch shows the influence of Fauvism, which Peploe had encountered for the first time in Paris, where he and Fergusson were now living. The bold palette, together with the loose handling of the paint, give a sense of the organic structure of the scene, and highlights in particular the influence of Fauve artist Othon Friesz. In 1906 Friesz travelled with Georges Braque to paint in La Havre, Braque’s hometown, near Veules-les-Roses. Peploe would almost certainly have been aware of the work they created during this trip.

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.