Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA RSW (British, 1883-1937) The Blue Jug 45.2 x 37.4 cm. (17 3/4 x 14 3/4 in.) (Painted circa 1922) Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA RSW (British, 1883-1937) The Blue Jug 45.2 x 37.4 cm. (17 3/4 x 14 3/4 in.) (Painted circa 1922)

The Blue Jug was painted in the early 1920s, when Cadell was moving towards the extensive use of pure colour and a shallower picture space. The familiar motifs of blue jug and fruit are still modelled in a relatively naturalistic way, but the planes and geometry of surface and fabric introduce strong abstract elements to the composition. The gold lines anticipate the influence of Art Deco, and as this became more pronounced Cadell would use more stylised forms and flat patterns.

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