About this artwork

Peploe spent the summer of 1910 in Royan on the west coast of France, painting with the artist J.D. Fergusson. The Gallery also owns a painting by Fergusson from the same time. Peploe moved to France in 1910 with his wife, and their son was born in Royan that summer. Like Fergusson, Peploe’s exposure to avant-garde painting had led to his work developing in a more expressionistic manner, as seen by the brushwork in this painting. This small panel would have been painted out of doors, the bright light also encouraging a brightening of the palette.

  • title: Boats at Royan
  • accession number: GMA 1949
  • artist: Samuel John PeploeScottish (1871 - 1935)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Scottish Colourists
  • medium: Oil on board
  • date created: 1910
  • measurements: 27.00 x 34.90 cm (framed: 46.30 x 54.20 x 7.30 cm)
  • credit line: Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977
  • 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.