About this artwork

Peploe made regular visits to France from 1904, painting on the Channel coast and in Paris, often in the company of J.D. Fergusson. This painting of a sun-dappled game of doubles tennis shows Peploe moving away from the Impressionist technique, which he had previously favoured, towards a more hard-edged style based on flatter blocks of colour and a cropped composition. This was undoubtedly due to the influence of leading artists including Henri Matisse and André Derain then breaking ground in the French art world.

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.