Five Samuel Peploe paintings bring $1.5m to Bonhams



2015-06-26 13:14:36

Five Samuel Peploe paintings bring $1.5m to Bonhams

Five post-impressionist paintings by Scottish colourist Samuel Peploe storm to $1.5m

Five post-impressionist paintings by celebrated Scottish colourist Samuel Peploe made just shy of 1m ($1.5m) at Bonhams' April 17 Scottish Art auction in Edinburgh.

1924's Still Life, Roses and Chinese Blue sold for 349,250 ($533,739) to lead the sale, while post-1920Blue and White Vase, Roses, Melon and Orange brought 277,250 ($423,807), finishing second top lot.

Peploe paintings auction Peploes Still Life Roses and Chinese Blue the auction's top lot

Peploe'scirca 1920Still Life was bought for 181,250 ($277,089), while Crawford (1914)sold for 73,250 ($111,982), and 1920's A Summer Afternoon, Iona made 61,250 ($93,633).

Bonhams' Chris Brickley comments: "The results for Peploe and the very good prices for the other colourist painters in the sale show the continuing appeal of these artists whose work has made such an important contribution to the standing of Scottish painting both at home and round the world."

The colourists, Samuel Peploe, John Ducan Fergusson, Francis Cadell and Leslie Hunter, aimed to subvert the classical use of tone and texture in landscape painting. The Scottish colourists combined their training in France with the painting traditions of Scotland. Today, they are sometimes called the "Scottish impressionists."

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