Artist Samuel John Peploe

"Born in Edinburgh, Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935) became one of the most important Scottish painters of the twentieth century and, along with two other contemporary painters (Fergusson and Cadell), has been classified into a group known as the ‘Scottish Colourists’.Although ignored for many years in England, the true acclaim the Scottish Colourists deserved has been acknowledged during the last few years. The most concrete symbol of their popularity was the recent sale of Peploe's A Girl In White for over £500,000, making it one of the most expensive twentieth century British works of art.The Scottish Colourists chose to paint in a manner which was distinctly un-English. They trained in France and brought back to England the influences of Matisse, Picasso, Derain and Vlaminck. It has been claimed that they brought the first truly modern painting to Britain. The characteristics of their work are strong brushstrokes, vivid colour and an advanced sense of design and pattern.Samuel Peploe was a central character of the movement, but he had to fight to pursue his career. His middle-class parents had died young and his guardians were not keen on art as a career, and it was a constant struggle for him to pursue his goal. Eventually his guardians relented and he attended the Royal Scottish Academy before moving to Paris in 1894, where he pursued his training at the Academie Julian.Here his talent was to blossom, as he was exposed to many new and exciting influences. He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1901 and was elected a Royal Scottish Academician in 1927. Peploe also exhibited at the Society of Scottish Artists and in galleries in London, Paris and New York. His work concentrated particularly on still-lifes, portraits and landscapes."

 
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