L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Rooms, flowers, mirrors, ladies, boys - a selection of the work of Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell

As all the titles of these pieces are rather pointless - "The Black Hat", "The White Room", "The Boxer" or here, "The Orange Blind" - I'm just not going to bother....


Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (12 April 1883, Edinburgh – 6 December 1937, Edinbugh), Scottish Colourist painter, known for his depictions of the elegant New Town interiors of his native Edinburgh, and for his work on the island of Iona. The son of a surgeon, from the age of sixteen he studied in Paris at the Académie Julian. While in France he was exposed to work of the early Fauvists - in particular, Matisse - which proved to be a lasting influence. After his return to Scotland, he was a regular exhibitor in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as in London. Cadell spent most of his adult life in Scotland and had little contact with many of the new ideas that were being developed abroad. He therefore tended to paint subjects that were close at hand: landscapes, fashionable Edinburgh New Town house interiors, still lifes, and figures. He was much inspired by the landscape of Iona, which he first visited in 1912, and which features prominently in his work. With the worsening economic climate of the 1930s, he found it increasingly difficult to sell his work, and he died in relative poverty at the age of only fifty-four.

Friday, September 21, 2018