F C B Cadell

Still Life of Pink Tulips in a Blue Jar

  • Signed (lower left)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 25 x 30 ins


Purchased by McNeill Read in 1921
Thence to Isobel Alexander who was a relation of McNeill Read's business partner Duncan MacDonald

Tom Hewlett & Duncan Macmillan, F.C.B. Cadell The Life and Works of a Scottish Colourist, Lund Humphries, Farnham, 2011, p. 164,167, no 173 (illustrated)

The still lifes from this period of Cadell's oeuvre are amongst the most sophisticated and accomplished of all Cadell's paintings.
Still Life of Pink Tulips in a Blue Jar
was painted at 6 Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, where Cadell moved in 1920. Undoubtedly influenced by the experiences on the Western Front during World War One, Cadell's work of this period were markedly different in style from his pre-war work. They took on a much tighter, hard-edged structure, with the earlier, looser, 'romantic' brushwork giving way to a more controlled approach with an emphasis on bold, bright colour. As if to announce this change, Cadell painted the front door of his new home in vivid ultra-marine - with the walls of his drawing room the rich mauve colour which form the background to his interiors of this time.