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Scottish painter Samuel John Peploe was born in Edinburgh in 1871 and trained in Paris in the mid-1890s. He is considered one of the leading figures of the early 20th-century Scottish Colourists, whose use of vibrant colors and fluid paint handling was informed by French avant-garde artists, especially Edouard Manet and Henri Matisse. Peploe’s still lifes were carefully arranged and composed, and the artist used them to explore complex color effects. Pink Roses in a Glass Vase, an example of his late work, shows his interest in complementary color effects with pink roses next to green leaves, and oranges against a blue background. The picture also highlights Peploe’s loose brushwork.

A recent gift to the Museum from the Estate of Mary and Oliver Langenberg, Pink Roses in a Glass Vase is on view in Gallery 209, which is devoted to modern still lifes. The painting is displayed alongside early 20th-century still lifes by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Beckmann, and others.

Pink roses in a Vase

Samuel John Peploe, Scottish, 1871–1935; Pink Roses in a Glass Vase, late 1920s; oil on canvas; 28 1/2 × 24 5/8 × 3 5/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift from the Estate of Mary and Oliver Langenberg 1:2018

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