As a member of the Scottish Colourists, a group of four artists from Edinburgh who were largely influenced by post-Impressionism, F.C.B. Cadell had a prolific career. Known particularly for his portraits of glamourous women, he predominantly painted in oil and watercolour.
Cadell studied at the Academie Julian in Paris from the age of sixteen, where he gained exposure to the works of Matisse and the Fauvists. These figures continued to influence Cadell’s work for much of his career.
After moving back to Scotland, he became a regular exhibitor in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. His subjects grew to include landscapes, still lifes and Edinburgh New Town house interiors. During the 1920s, Cadell started spending his summers in Iona with fellow Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe, where they spent the time painting. Cadell was later elected Royal Scottish Academian before his death in 1937.