Samuel Peploe is typical of the many British artists who succumbed to the magnetism of Cezanne in the early part of the twentieth century. One of the so-called Scottish colourists, a loosely allied quartet of post-impressionist painters, he made a decisive visit to France before the war, during which time this well-constructed still life was completed. Generous in its dispersal of pigment, it is nonetheless an example of modernist 'belle maniere' - refined and beautiful painting. The surface appearance of this work derives from a system of square-brushing that links Peploe, via Cezanne, back to artists of the nineteenth-century Glasgow School like John Lavery. Naturally, Peploe saw himself as a modern, but he was also a patriot for whom national sentiments had their place in art. In the 1920s he and his closest colleague, Francis Cadell, painted views of the Scottish regions which they dubbed 'Ionascapes'.
AGNSW Handbook, 1999.
circa 1912-circa 1916
oil on canvas
51.0 x 55.8 cm stretcher; 69.5 x 74.5 x 7.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
William Mactaggart, Scotland
The Scottish Gallery, 1947, Edinburgh/Scotland, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Scottish Gallery 1947
Referenced in 8 publications
Stanley Cursiter, Peploe, London, 1947, (illus.). plate no. 20
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 149 (illus.).
Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 156 (colour illus.).
Ted Gott, Laurie Benson and Sophie Matthiesson, Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 29 (colour illus.).
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', pg. 17-77, Sydney, 1999, 56 (colour illus.).
Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 145. cat.no. 1738
The Scottish Gallery, Paintings and drawings by S. J. Peploe, R.S.A. (1871-1935), Edinburgh, 1947. cat.no. 25
Scottish paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). no catalogue numbers