The Scottish Colourists

Heirs to the Glasgow Boys, the Scottish Colourists comprised four artists, S. J. Peploe, F. C. B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J. D. Fergusson. Like the Boys, the Colourists absorbed and reworked the strong and vibrant colours of contemporary French painting into a distinctive Scottish idiom during the 1920s and 1930s. Although their style was confident and vibrant, their subject matter - island lansdcapes, Edinburgh interiors, fashionable models - was rather timid compared to their French counterparts. Although they enjoyed only limited commercial and popular success when they were actually exhibiting, the Colourists were rediscovered in the 1980s as a seminal influence on 20th-century Scottish painting and are now highly regarded internationally. Examples of their work can be seen in a variety of galleries including Aberdeen Art Gallery, Kirkcaldy Art Gallery and the J. D. Fergusson Gallery in Perth.