Painter associated with a group of Scottish artists, the Scottish Colourists. Born in Edinburgh, Cadell went to study painting in Paris at the Academie Julian where he was in contact with the French avant-garde of the day and was particularly influenced by the Fauves, namely Matisse. On his return he exhibited regularly in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Cadell is especially noted for his portraits which evoke the subject through shimmering waves of colour lending an almost abstract sensibility to the work He visited the island Iona with the painter Samuel Peploe several times in the 1920s for painting trips.
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