About this artwork

Inspired by his friend, and fellow Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson’s successful move to Paris in 1907, Peploe followed suit in 1910. Fergusson recalled “Peploe and I went everywhere together… I was very happy, for I felt at last he was in a suitable milieu… He was working hard, and changed from blacks and greys to colour and design”, as can be seen in this painting. Peploe’s more controlled and graphic composition, as compared to earlier, more impressionist works like ‘On the French Coast’, with half the image boldly given over to an almost empty sky, reveal his exposure to Fauvism in Paris.

  • title: Île de Bréhat
  • accession number: GMA 1941
  • artist: Samuel John PeploeScottish (1871 - 1935)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Scottish Colourists
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1911
  • measurements: 32.70 x 40.90 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.