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.