Art print reproduction of The Portrait of the Lady in Black by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection. This art print is a beautifully presented image with a white border. Printed in high-quality 240gsm smooth matt paper with light, fine-grain surface texture.
The sitter in this painting is Bethia Hamilton Don Wauchope (1854 - 1944), an Edinburgh model who posed regularly for Cadell from about 1911 to 1926. The distinctive, mauve-coloured walls indicate that the portrait was painted in the artist's studio in Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, where the artist lived from 1920. After the First World War, Cadell abandoned his feathery impressionistic manner for this style, using bold colours and scarcely visible brushstrokes. Cadell often included the names of colours in the titles of his paintings. This practice had been made popular by Whistler and became fashionable during the Edwardian period.
F.C.B. Cadell studied in Paris and lived in Munich before settling in his native Edinburgh around 1909. Cadell's pre-war work is influenced by the Impressionists. From around 1920, his work became brighter and bolder. Shadows were suppressed to such an extent that the paintings of this period are comprised of areas of flat colour. Cadell made regular trips to France and Iona with fellow Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe. Both artists were influenced by the effects of strong sunlight, which led them to use areas of bright colour in their paintings.