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Some of the most popular paintings in the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland are by a group of radical young painters who came to be known as "The Glasgow Boys". They represent the beginnings of modernism in Scottish painting.

In the early 1880s, united by their disillusionment with academic painting, they painted contemporary rural subjects, and often worked out of doors sketching and painting directly in front of their subject. They were strongly influenced by the realism of Dutch and French art, especially the Naturalist paintings of Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848 - 1884), and also by the tonal painting of the American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903).

The leaders of the group included James Guthrie (1859-1930), who was mostly self-taught, and the Irish-born John Lavery (1856-1941) who, like many of his contemporaries, trained in Paris and worked at the artists’ colony of Grez-sur-Loing. Based in and around Glasgow, the artists exchanged ideas in the Bath Street studio of William York Macgregor (1855-1923) or through working in groups at Cockburnspath (Berwickshire) and Kirkcudbright.

Here, in a gallery of Glasgow's Kelvingrove Museum devoted entirely to works of the "Glasgow Boys", an elderly gentleman studies Sir James Guthrie's "In the Orchard" which was secured for the museum with funds from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

ISO 4000, 1/30 sec at f/4.5, focal length 22mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1921 W: 427 N: 7201] (28922)
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