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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
    South Building, ground level, 20th-century galleries
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Samuel John Peploe

    Works in the collection


  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

  • Provenance

    William Mactaggart, Scotland

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

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