Wednesday, 26 May 2010

The Glasgow Boys

Sunday was super sunny here in Glasgow, so perfect for a stroll in the west end to Kelvingrove to check out the Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900.
The Glasgow Boys were not all from the city, but all had connections. In the early years they often headed to the country for the summer, immersing themselves in village life, making sketches and small paintings. In the winter they would head back to their studios in the city to complete their paintings. They were not afraid of depicting bleak funeral landscapes, workers in the fields and children at play. Later summers spent in France would result in paintings of fine ladies at rest. Japan placed a huge influence, with Henry and Hornel managing to spend over a year there (although unfortunately most of Henry's work from the trip was ruined in transit). I really enjoyed Guthrie's pastels and Melville's bright watercolours. And my special favourite, following my bird fascination is Crawhall's the white drake.

A trip the the west end could not be complete without a wander round welcome home & some delicious vegan food from the 78.

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