Property from an Important Private American Collection
Samuel John Peploe, RSA (British, 1871-1935)
Still Life with Statuette and Aspidistra signed 'Peploe' (lower left) oil on canvas 56 x 50.8 cm. (22 x 20 in.) Painted circa 1928
PROVENANCE: Wemyss Honeyman Collection With Scottish Provident Association With Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London
EXHIBITED: New York, Beadleston Gallery, The Scottish Colourists, 8 - 31 October 1998
S. Cursiter (Peploe, Thomas Nelson, London, 1947, p.55) recalls Peploe acquiring an aspidistra plant around 1920, much to the amusement of friends who laughed at it, and it "dominated his studio for years". Peploe depicted it a number of times in the mid to late 1920s not just because it provided a "green spot" through the long winter months, but because the "sword-like blades made a definite and different pattern" (ibid, p.55). The statuette and white drapery against the rich green harmonising with the clay pot also show the work as an exercise in tonal values.