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An image of Still life: apples and jar by Samuel John Peploe

Samuel John Peploe

(Scotland 27 Jan 1871 – 11 Oct 1935)

Still life: apples and jar
circa 1912-circa 1916
Media category
Materials used
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.
Purchased 1947
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Provenance (2)

William Mactaggart, Scotland

The Scottish Gallery, 1947, Edinburgh/Scotland, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Scottish Gallery 1947

Bibliography (8)

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. 1738

The Scottish Gallery, Paintings and drawings by S. J. Peploe, R.S.A. (1871-1935), Edinburgh, 1947. 25

Scottish paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (3)

Peploe, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Aug 1947–Sep 1947

Scottish paintings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Nov 1981–06 Dec 1981

Modern Britain 1900-1960, NGV: International, Melbourne, 15 Nov 2007–24 Feb 2008