The Glasgow Boys and Girls were a group of radical young artists, who rebelled against the jaded Victorian passion for highland scenes and story-telling pictures. Taking their cue from French Realist painters, they sprang to prominence in the 1880s as documentary painters of rural and city life recorded with an unflinching gaze that betokened the dawn of the modern world.
The exhibition brings together over thirty paintings and watercolours, including works from every significant member of the group, and focuses on the period between 1880-1895, when the Glasgow Boys and Girls were at the height of their creativity.
The exhibition features standout works from the Fleming Collection collection including paintings by Sir John Lavery’s, The Blue Hungarians (1888); James Guthrie's The Bridge, Crowland (1882); Joseph Crawhall‘s The Bull Ring, Algeciras/Bullfight (1891) and Girl Reading (1896) by George Henry. These are accompanied by a group of rarely seen works from private collections by Edward Arthur Walton, Bessie MacNicol and John Lavery.
Many of the rural subjects in the exhibition where painted at Cockburnspath, the Berwickshire village, up the coast from the Granary Gallery, which became an artists’ colony, frequented by all the main members of the Glasgow school, during the early 1880s.
The Glasgow Boys & Girls seeks to bring new and greater appreciation for the talents of several female artists, including Flora Macdonald Reid, whose work Fieldworkers (1883), which was painted when she was just 22 years old, is included in the exhibition. It has since been recognised as one of the key early paintings of the Glasgow School. Other women artists in the show include Ressie MacNicol, Constance Walton and Katherine Cameron.
The Glasgow Boys and Girls is a virtual exhibition curated by the Fleming Collection and hosted by the chairty Art UK.
The exhibition is one of the first to be showcased through Art UK's Curations, a new tool launched in conjunction with International Museum Day that allows any member of the public to curate their own exhibition, providing access to the nation's public collections.
The Glasgow Boys and Girls were a group of radical young artists, most of whom came from Glasgow or thereabouts, who rebelled against the jaded Victorian passion for highland scenes and story-telling pictures. They sprang to prominence in the 1880s as documentary painters of rural life in all its harsh reality. This Curation, which draws largely from work in the Fleming Collection as well as public collections, is a forerunner of an actual exhibition to be staged at the Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed later in the summer.Details of this will be announced in the coming months. In the meantime, we invite you to spend the time exploring the work of the Glasgow Boys and Girls, from the comfort of your home.
Sadly, as we know, all cultural institutions have closed their doors for the foreseeable future for the safety of their staff and the wider community. To fill the gap in not being able to visit your favourite museum or gallery, there are myriad ways that you can enjoy the visual arts from your own home as we all do our bit towards reducing social interactions.
A good place to start is searching our own website for more delights such as the themes on our collections page, whether that be Women Artists, the Highland Clearances or the Scottish Colourists, or why not search the nooks and crannies of the collection yourself as digital access is available to almost every work. Additionally, check out the Scottish Art News pages for our latest reports and updates on artistic goings-on in Scotland and beyond, despite the shutdown, where you will also find all the back issues of our magazine which offer perennial insights on all aspects of art and design.
Furthermore, our collection is not the only one that can be explored online, art can be experienced from the pages of a book and artists can be listened to through historic and current podcasts. Below are just some recommendations for staying culturally engaged from the comfort of your sofa during these challenging times.
Featuring 40 works from the Fleming Collection, this exhibition examines the art of the four Scottish Colourists, SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, FCB Cadell and Leslie Hunter, and their influence through the 20th Century on artists such as Anne Redpath, William Crozier and Alberto Morrocco.
Featuring 30 works from the prestigious Fleming Collection, plus additional loans from National Museums Northern Ireland, this new exhibition celebrates work from the four key Scottish Colourist artists, alongside artists who were early influencers of their work.