S.J. Peploe, the French Connection
Published: Friday 04 May 2012 by Fife Council
Palm Trees, Antibes by S.J Peploe
26 May – 2 September 2012
St Andrews Museum
France and its culture were an important source of artistic inspiration for the painter S.J. Peploe (1871-1935). One of Scotland’s most important 20th Century artists, Peploe became an accomplished painter of light and colour-filled landscapes, portraits and still lifes.
Peploe was the eldest of the four artists who became known as the Scottish Colourists, the others being F.C.B. Cadell, J.D. Fergusson and G.L. Hunter. Although they never thought of themselves as being a distinct group, they were aware of each other’s work and shared a love of bold colour.
Still Life, Fruit by S.J. Peploe
Most of Fife Council’s collection of forty-four Peploes were purchased in 1964 from the estate of John Waldegrave Blyth, a Kirkcaldy linen manufacturer and keen art collector. Blyth was the first Convenor of Kirkcaldy Art Gallery Sub-Committee, and lent much of his vast personal collection of paintings to the Gallery during his lifetime. After his death, his family sold a large part of his collection to Kirkcaldy Town Council.
During summer 2012 we are showcasing some of our key works by Peploe at St Andrews Museum while their usual home – Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery – is closed for refurbishment.
Archived Feature originally published 04 May 2012 - 02 Sep 2012
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