Property from an Important Private American Collection
Samuel John Peploe, RSA (British, 1871-1935)
Flowers and Fruit signed 'Peploe' (lower right), further signed and inscribed 'SJ Peploe' "Flowers and fruit" (verso) oil on canvas 61 x 50.8 cm. (24 x 20 in.) Painted circa 1920
PROVENANCE: Sir William H. Raeburn Sale; Christie's, London, 8 June 1934, lot 178 With Alex Reid & Lefevre, London (as Flowers and Fruit) George E. Mathysen-Gerst, New York Sale; Sotheby's, London, 26 April 1988, lot 334 With Jonathan Clark Fine Art, London With Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London
LITERATURE: Peploe, G. SJ Peploe, Mainstream, Edinburgh, 2000, plate 80.
This classic 'roses' oil displays many of the characteristics for which Peploe became celebrated in his quest to paint the perfect still life. Meticulously planned and executed, it exemplifies the balance between natural form and design which the Colourists explored. The roses, Chinese vase, fruit and fan are all familiar motifs, but the dramatic planes of primary colour lend the whole composition a boldness and impact which is not always evident in Peploe's work.