F C B Cadell

The Harbour, Cassis

  • Signed (lower right)
  • Pencil and watercolour
  • 8 x 10 ins


Private Collection

In 1923 and 1924, Cadell painted in Cassis, on the French Mediterranean coast. On the recommendation of Peploe, who had stayed there in 1913, Cadell stayed at the Hotel Panorama in Cassis. The vividly coloured houses on the waterfront and the open rolling countryside in the hills above the port were natural subject matter for Cadell, who produced an inspired body of work there. The works he painted are bold in composition and palette, conveying the stunning Mediterranean light and its effects on the surroundings. Cadell's paintings of Cassis were well received in Edinburgh upon his return, with many buyers attracted by the use of bright colour and strong, solid lines.

This work in particular demonstrates Cadell's feel for and understanding of colour, as he plays a number of different hues of blue off against each other. The different intensity of colour apparent in the picture show his delicate feel for the medium of watercolour. Later on in his life, in 1935, Cadell was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).