Within Peploe's catalogue of works, his still lifes are arguably the most celebrated. In these vibrant and dynamic compositions, the full force of Peploe's control, vision and finesse as an artist is felt. Peploe held still life in the highest regard; they were paintings requiring a considered intellectual effort allied to a delicate touch and a sure sense of colour and pattern. For Peploe, they were to be approached in an analytical manner and were thus well suited to his meticulous temperament. This measured and purposeful approach is clear to see in the balance and harmony of Still Life of Fruit. A sense of rhythm is achieved in the broad, colourful and contrasting brushstrokes that lead the eye across the surface. Heavy lines encircle the fruit and bowl and boldly delineate the folds of the drapes. These lines and the flattened picture space create contrasting planes which add dynamism to the composition. In so doing, we see the enjoyment Peploe gains in exploring the juxtaposition of objects and their effects. In a letter to an artist friend Peploe wrote: 'There is so much in mere objects, flowers, leaves, jugs, what not – colours, forms, and their relation – I can never see mystery coming to an end' (Stanley Cursiter, Peploe: An Intimate Memoir of an Artist and of His Work, 1947, p. 73).
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