Today, for many, Peploe, Fergusson, Hunter and Cadell, known as The Colourists, represent the greatest achievements in Scottish painting. Their work can be properly seen in a European context and they were the first Scottish painters to see themselves as modern. Today a tradition of belle peinture persists in Scottish painting, some of it without the rigour and ambition still so powerfully apparent in the best work of the Colourists. Perhaps more importantly their example: dedicated, single-minded and outwith the establishment, helped succeeding generations make their way in a new atomized art world, full of possibility. The Scottish Gallery was home to the ideas, exhibitions and the lives of The Scottish Colourists.
Guy Peploe is recognised as the authority on the work of The Scottish Colourists.