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Still life: apples and jar

circa 1912-circa 1916


Samuel John Peploe


27 Jan 1871 - 11 Oct 1935

  • Details

    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
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Samuel John Peploe

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

  • Provenance

    William Mactaggart, Scotland

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

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