The Black Bottle by Samuel John Peploe (60 cm) stretched canvas

50 x 60 x 4 cm

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50 x 60 cm stretched canvas reproduction of The Black Bottle by Samuel John Peploe, from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

The apple, bottle top and patterned bowl provide vivid pops of colour in this largely black and white scene. The closely matched tones and painterly brushstrokes reveal the influence of artists like James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Throughout his career, Peploe was fascinated by the creative possibilities of still-life subjects. By rearranging a selection of everyday objects, he experimented with different combinations of shape and colour. His colours became brighter as he absorbed ideas from contemporary French art.

Peploe is one of the group of four artists known as the 'Scottish Colourists'. Born in Edinburgh, he studied art in Paris and lived there from 1910 to 1912. It was through painting holidays in Northern France that he was introduced to the use of bold colour, inspired by the bright sunlight. He later experienced the same intensity of light while painting on the island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. French painting proved to be a powerful influence for Peploe throughout his life. Although his work never became abstract, it was characterised by tight composition, strong colour and assured handling.