51.0 x 55.8cm stretcher; 69.5 x 74.5 x 7.7cm frame
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'.
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The Scottish Gallery (Scotland, estab. 1842), 1947, Edinburgh/Scotland, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Scottish Gallery 1947
Sir William Mactaggart (Scotland, b.1903, d.1981), Scotland
Ted Gott (Australia) (Author), Laurie Benson (Australia) (Author), Sophie Matthiesson (Australia) (Author), Modern Britain 1900-1960, Melbourne, 2007, 29 (colour illus.).
Bruce James (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 56 (colour illus.).
Peter Tomory (United Kingdom) (Author), Anne Kirker (New Zealand; Australia, b.1947) (Author), British painting 1800-1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 145. cat.no. 1738
Ewen McDonald (Australia) (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, Sydney, 1994, 156 (colour illus.).
Renée Free (Australia) (Author), Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 149 (illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia, estab. 1874) (Author), Scottish paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). no catalogue numbers
The Scottish Gallery (Scotland, estab. 1842) (Author), Peploe, 1947. cat.no. 25
Stanley Cursiter (Author), Peploe, London, 1947, (illus.). plate no. 20
Peploe, The Scottish Gallery, Aug 1947–Sep 1947.
Scottish paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 04 Nov 1981–06 Dec 1981.
Modern Britain 1900-1960, NGV: International, 15 Nov 2007–24 Feb 2008.