3 November 2012 – 23 June 2013
The second show in the Gallery's Scottish Colourist series features 70 vibrant canvases by Samuel John Peploe.
Gathered together from both public and private collections, many of the works have rarely, if ever, been exhibited before.
The eldest of the four Scottish Colourists, Peploe trained in Edinburgh and Paris, but it was a two-year stay in the French capital, from 1910 to 1912, that prompted the most radical transformation in his work, changing his paintings from canvases reminiscent of Manet and Sargent to the brilliant Fauvist works that placed him in the vanguard of British Modernism.
Peploe’s subjects ranged from colourful still lifes and intimate interiors with figures to remote Scottish landscapes. By the time of his early death at the age of 64 he was recognised as a great artist by a small coterie of collectors and curators, but it took a further 50 years for his national and international significance to be fully appreciated.