Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, 1883 - 1937. Artist (Self-portrait)

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Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, 1883 - 1937. Artist (Self-portrait) about 1914
  • Scottish Art
Edinburgh-born painter F C B Cadell was one of several painters known as the ‘Scottish Colourists’. Cadell trained in Paris from 1899 to 1903 and lived in Munich for several years before returning to his native city. In 1912 he founded the ‘Society of Eight’ with a group of artists equally interested in French Impressionism and Fauvism, including John Lavery and Samuel John Peploe. Cadell and Peploe, together with J D Fergusson and Leslie Hunter, later became known as the principal Scottish Colourists. They were among the first to introduce the intense colours of Fauvism into Scottish art. The bold colours and brushstrokes in this self-portrait, painted around 1914, are reminiscent of the style of French painter Edouard Manet.

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A group of painters in France in the early 20th century, including Henri Matisse and André Derain, who used bold, vivid colours in their work. The name is derived from a derogatory remark from a critic who saw them as akin to wild beasts.


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.

Scottish Colourists

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.

Fauvism , Impressionism, Scottish Colourists


  • Acc. No. PGL 378
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 113.10 x 86.80 cm (framed: 129.54 x 104.14 x 12.70 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in 1999