FCB Cadell

Travelling in Scotland last year, I discovered Francis Campbell Bolleau (FCB) Cadell: a Scottish painter who was active around the turn of the 20th century.

His thick brushwork and progressively flat decorative surfaces are strongly reminiscent of Henri Matisse but there’s a serene delicacy about his work which is unique and engaging. I also think he is grossly underrated and it’s a shame the art world can be so fickle in its inclination to sustain some artists’ fame over others. Anyway, here I have selected a few of his still life works which hint at his appreciation of ceramics. There’s a little green cup which makes a recurring cameo..


From above (left to right): The blue fan; Still life with anemones; Still life with Ming vase; Still life with blue and white china; The red chair.

x GP