22 October 2011 – 18 March 2012
This show devoted to Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell is the first of a series of exhibitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art devoted to the four Scottish Colourists.
Among the 70 paintings gathered together from public and private collections will be sophisticated Edinburgh New Town interiors, colourful still lifes and atmospheric landscapes of the west of Scotland and the south of France.
Cadell's Portrait of a Lady in Black dating from c 1921 uses crisp, bold tones that are typical of his post-war style. The model is is Bertha Hamilton Don-Wauchope, someone the artist painted regularly, and the mauve-coloured walls place the scene in the artist's studio in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh. The work was part of the Robinson bequest of 75 works that were distributed among 16 museums in Scotland through the Art Fund in 1989.