The sketchy ‘Impressionist’ brushwork is typical of Cadell’s early work. He painted Peggy Macrae on several occasions (as did fellow Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe), titling each work after the colours of her dress.
Acc. No.GMA 865
MediumOil on canvas
Size76.60 x 63.80 cm
CreditBequeathed by Mr Gordon Binnie: received 1963
F.C.B. Cadell (Scottish, 1883 - 1937)
Cadell studied in Paris and lived in Munich before settling in his native Edinburgh around 1909. Cadell's pre-war work is influenced by the Impressionists. From around 1920, his work became brighter and bolder. Shadows were suppressed to such an extent that the paintings of this period are comprised of areas of flat colour. Cadell made regular trips to France and Iona with fellow Scottish Colourist S. J. Peploe. Both artists were influenced by the effects of strong sunlight, which led them to use areas of bright colour in their paintings.
An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.
A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.