The Blue Fan about 1922
  • Scottish Art
This painting is typical of Cadell's post-war style, characterised by vivid, acidic colours and strict composition. Using areas of flat colour and disregarding shadow, the artist has stylized the forms of jug, fan, chair, table and bowl to such an extent that the painting may be read as a two-dimensional pattern. Cadell painted a series of colourful still lifes, which caused some controversy when first exhibited.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.


To represent something in accordance with artistic convention rather than its actual appearance.

Composition, Still life, Stylization


  • Acc. No. GMA 4290
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size c 60.00 x 51.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr James T. Ritchie 1999