About this artwork

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.

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell

Cadell studied in Paris and lived in Munich before settling in his native Edinburgh around 1909. Cadell's pre-war work is influenced by the Impressionists. From around 1920, his work became brighter and bolder. Shadows were suppressed to such an extent that the paintings of this period are comprised of areas of flat colour. Cadell made regular trips to France and Iona with fellow Scottish Colourist S. J. Peploe. Both artists were influenced by the effects of strong sunlight, which led them to use areas of bright colour in their paintings.