About this artwork

In 1910 Cadell went to Venice. The strong light, reflections off the rippling canals and vivid colours of the Adriatic port keyed up Cadell’s existing impressionistic tendencies to a new pitch. It was in Venice that Cadell became a colourist. This is a view from the Pensione de la Calcina across the Zattere towards the island of La Guidecca. The use of the French window to frame a well-known view adds structure to the painting and contrast between the shaded interior and the brightly lit, colourful canal beyond. This, throughout the 19th century, had been a favourite pictorial device for artists, but had been particularly popular with the French fauve painters such as Matisse in the early 20th century.

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  • artist:
    F.C.B. CadellScottish (1883 - 1937)
  • title:
    From the Calcina Hotel
  • date created:
    1910
  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • measurements:
    Framed: 63.00 x 55.30 x 7.60 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented in 2014 in honour of Sir Patrick Ford (1880-1945), who supported Cadell’s visit to Venice in 1910.
  • accession number:
    GMA 5519
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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F.C.B. Cadell

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