Peploe was influenced by Manet, and Manet was a painter of tone rather than colour. This is a distinction I have always found difficult to grasp. For colour has tone. Tone need not have colour. Perhaps I will understand this by experimenting. Meanwhile I enjoyed looking at the apples, flowers and fruit, painted with brief spontaneous strokes of colour.
Another thing Peploe learnt from Manet - to start with the lights, and then add the darks and half tones while paint is still wet.
|Samuel John Peploe the Black Bottle c. 1905|
|Samuel John Peploe Still life, Pears and Graspes c. 1930 (detail)|
|Samuel John Peploe Peonies early 1902|