Monday, May 7, 2012

BEAUTY: Painting--Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell

Scottish artist Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (12 April 1883 – 6 December 1937) was one of the Scottish Colourists and a founding member of an exhibiting group of like-minded artists called the Society of Eight. He was profoundly influenced as a young man by French Impressionism and then later as an adult by Post-Impressionism. Although he painted portraits, landscapes (especially of his beloved Scottish isle of Iona), and still lives, he liked painting fashionable Edinburgh New Town house interiors and their elegant furnishings. He was gregarious, successful, admired, gay, and as the painter Stanley Cursiter observed, Cadell's “wit was constant and brilliant… sardonic, Rabelaisian and lightly bantering”.

But his reputation and sales faded throughout the 1920s. When he became accident prone, a tumor was discovered. He died in 1937 in near poverty, an un-cashed charity check among his personal effects. He was only 54.

Top to bottom: Interior - The Orange Blind; 30 Regent Terrace; Afternoon, 1913; Interior Of The Artist's House, Ainslie Place, Edinburgh; Interior; Interior With Opera Cloak; The Artist's Drawing Room; The White Sofa; The Gilt Chair

Some images from the official Cadell website:

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