The Green Bottle

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The Green Bottle mid-1920s
  • Scottish Art
Cadell often used the ‘picture within a picture’ device in his paintings. This allowed him to play with the geometric form of the picture frame and indulge his interest in two-dimensional surface pattern. Here, the composition is formally divided by five horizontal panels. This, combined with the fruit in the foreground, which echoes the fruit in the picture, creates a lively composition, with the focal point resting on the decorated Wiener Werkstätte designed glass on the table.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. GMA 5005
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 61.00 x 46.00 cm (framed: 72.30 x 57.20 x 4.50 cm)
  • Credit Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Galleries of Scotland, 2008