- 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
- 20th-century galleries (ground floor)
- Accession number
- Artist information
Samuel John Peploe
Works in the collection
Samuel Peploe is the most acclaimed of the ‘Scottish colourists’, a group of painters that were influenced by the French Fauvist’s wild colour and loose brushwork. Living in Paris before the First World War, Peploe also looked to the work of Paul Cézanne and his radical reconception of the still-life genre, as he explored progressive ideas about painting.
For Peploe, like Cézanne, the execution of the perfect still life was an obsession that dominated his career. It was both an aesthetic and intellectual exercise, with each element carefully considered before brush and paint were ever applied to the canvas. With its characteristic strong colour and assured handling, 'Still life: apples and jar' demonstrates Peploe’s fascination with the genre. ‘There is so much in mere objects, flowers, leaves, jugs, what not – colours, forms, relation – I can never see the mystery coming to an end,’ he said.
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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
20th-Century galleries Rehang (Ground Level), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2022–2023
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, AGNSW 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
William Mactaggart, Scotland
The Scottish Gallery, 1947, Edinburgh/Scotland, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Scottish Gallery 1947