The influence of Scottish colourist, Francis Cadell
Much of Louisa's work involves bold colours with her Cadell Scarf influenced by the work of Scottish colourist painter, Francis Cadell. Absorbed by the influences of fauvism and cubism, Cadell’s work experiments with bold colour combinations.

 

The Embroided Cloak, 1920-29, Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell.
A dramatic change can be seen in Cadell's work after he served in the First World War. His style became much tighter and his work, up until his death in 1937 aged just 54, tended to be stark, clear cut still life and interior scenes, with an emphasis on the creation of precise, almost geometric patterns.
From 1912 until 1933 Cadell visited the island of Iona nearly every summer, where he produced seascapes and landscapes. Iona had particular attractions for the artist; the ever-changing weather, clear blue seas and empty beaches were an ideal subject for the simple lyrical landscapes.

 

The North End, Iona circa 1914 Reflection, 1915 St.
Francis Cadell painted landscapes, interiors, still life and figures in both oil and watercolour, but he is particularly noted for his portraits, depicting his subject with vibrant waves of colour.

 

Portrait of a Lady in Black c.1221, oil.
In 1920 Cadell moved in to a new flat at 6 Ainslie Place. The building stood opposite Cadell’s childhood home at number 22. It was the rooms of 6 Ainslie Place and Cadell’s decoration of them which became the subject matter for his remarkable series of interiors painted during the 1920s and which arguably represent the high point of Cadell’s artistic career.

 

The Red Chair c.1922, oil.
Interior, The Red Chair is characteristic of Cadell’s style during this period, the composition is cropped, the application of paint flat and controlled and the colour bold and vivid. ‘Cadell was very much a man of his time, but the way he used things were certainly his own.’ (Tom Hewlett, F.C.B. Cadell, 2002, p.68)

Interior, The Red Chair.