The Scottish Colourist Series: FCB Cadell

  • 22nd October 2011 − 18th March 2012 | Modern Two (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)

The Artist

Cadell was born in Edinburgh in 1883 and studied in Paris and Munich. He was the youngest of the Scottish Colourists and was the only one to fight in World War One. After demobilisation in 1919, he moved to Ainslie Place in Edinburgh’s fashionable New Town, where he lived until 1931.

Cadell first visited the island of Iona in the Scottish Hebrides in 1912 and returned to paint there, often accompanied by Peploe. His paintings of Iona depict a wide range of features on the island and capture the quality of light created by the ever-changing weather conditions experienced there.

The steady waning of the art market from the late 1920s and mounting debts incurred due to Cadell’s lavish lifestyle saw him move home three times in the last decade of his life. As his personal circumstances and health declined so his official standing grew as he was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1935 and the Royal Scottish Academy in 1936. He died in Edinburgh in 1937.

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