Mouth of the Harbour is one of a group of panels Peploe made in Royan in the Summer of 1910 which can be considered as some of the most brilliant works of his career and alongside those of the same place made by his friend JD Fergusson as the significant contribution of British painting to the Fauve movement. When the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris mounted the Fauvism, l’Epreuve de Feu exhibition in 2000 a wall of Royan pictures by Peploe and Fergusson were included alongside the French Fauve painters Matisse, Derain and Vlaminck and groups from other countries including Scandinavia and the Low Countries and Goncharova and Larionov from Russia. The Mouth of the Harbour is quieter than some being an observation at dusk, without the daytime noise of yachts and people, but the same controlled vigour, decisive drawing and blue/orange palette is evident. Sam and Margaret saw the birth of their first son Willy here in August and the excitement and happiness of the times communicates itself in the fervent, intense work Peploe made over two months before the return to Paris.
Signature: signed lower left and verso
The Scottish Colourists, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2016, cat. 24
Major Ion Harrison; Alex Reid & Lefevre, Glasgow; Fine Art Society, London and Glasgow, 1980