barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

The Rhythm of Light

Immensely appealing works by the four artists known collectively as the ‘Scottish Colourists’ – SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, FCB Cadell and Leslie Hunter – are shown together for the first time in the West Midlands in this exhibition of works lent by the important Fleming Collection.

Painted in the early 20th century, their cityscapes, still lifes and landscapes reveal a shared preoccupation with light, rhythm – and, of course, colour. The Scottish Colourists, all of whom spent time in France, responded to the revolutionary impact of French art – from Manet to Matisse – and produced some of the most vibrant images of their day, whether painting across the Channel or back in Scotland. 

Image: Samuel John Peploe, Luxembourg Gardens, c.1910 © Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation

Here’s what our visitors have said so far…

‘ A fascinating evening giving great insight into their superb collection. Well done!’- MH, Bristol, 16/02/2018

‘ Well worth the journey over to visit their exhibition! An inspired set of works.’- BD, Lichfield, 17/02/2018

‘Learned a lot today, lovely pictures too.’- S , Birmingham, 18/02/2018

‘Well constructed exhibition. Excellent! Bringing light rhythm and memories of both France and Scotland.’- MF, 20/02/2018

‘Wonderful as ever!’- NM, Birmingham, 23/02/2018

‘Beautiful paintings! Wonderful place- never visited before!’- VH, Bedfordshire, 24/02/2018

‘I loved the extraordinary paintings’- ES, Solihull, 25/02/2018

‘Interesting and thought provoking’- M, Stafford, 25/02/2018

‘Really lovely atmosphere here. Perfect!’- A, Tring, 25/02/2018

‘Excellent as usual, for the Barber! Enjoyed the sit down and the books too’- C, Birmingham, 26/02/2018  

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Fresh, Light and Vibrant Colour

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Scottish Colourists

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