Peploe still life tops Scottish art sale

Scottish Art
12 Oct 2016

Pink Roses in a Chinese Vase by Samuel Peploe made £182,500 at Bonhams Scottish Art Sale in Edinburgh on 12 October.
The work was painted around 1920. Unusually for a Peploe still life, the objects are depicted against a red background.
Among the other highlights of the sale were:
Cassis, also by Peploe, which sold for £79,300. It was painted in 1913 when the artist was visiting Cassis, a small coastal commune in the south of France, 20 kilometres to the east of Marseille. The village became a favourite haunt of the Colourists in the years immediately before the First World War and in the decade after the war had ended.

The Dance by Francis Cadell, bought for £52,500. Found in Canada recently after it had been assumed lost, the painting portrays three nude professional dancers executing steps, in a manner that recalls La Danse, a 1911 work by Matisse with which Cadell would have been familiar.

Two figures by Robert Colquhoun also made £52,500. The painting dates from the late 1940s when the artist began to explore the theme of couples after a visit to Ireland with his partner and fellow painter Robert MacBryde. The work is a portrait of the 'two Roberts' as they were known.


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