Celebrated Glasgow Boys feature in new online art exhibition in Fife

The dawn of Spring is celebrated with a new online art exhibition for Fifers.

By Allan Crow
Thursday, 11th March 2021, 12:30 pm
Calf by David Gauld
Calf by David Gauld

Paintings by some of Scotland’s best-loved artists feature in a new virtual exhibition of work from the collection managed by OnFife.

The titles echo expectations of brighter days; the subject matter – full of bursting buds and bracing views – reflects renewal and hope. Its range extends from Scotland’s coastal fringes to the edge of the Sahara.

Eight of the 17 paintings are by the Glasgow Boys – the influential group of 19th-century artists who represent the beginnings of modernism in Scottish painting.

They include an idyllic painting of a girl with her lambs by George Henry, a riot of spring flowers from E A Hornel and some delightful doe-eyed calves by David Gauld.

They feature alongside work by Edward Arthur Walton and Thomas Millie Dow, Scottish Colourist Samuel Peploe and acclaimed landscape painter William McTaggart.

Also included in the exhibition are two favourite local paintings – Spring Moonlight by Fife’s own John Henry Lorimer, and Links Fair, Kirkcaldy, painted by James Patrick in 1884.

This is the third online show that OnFife has staged with cultural charity ArtUK since lockdown began.

Janice Crane , curator, said: “Everyone is desperate to escape the shackles of winter and this feast for the senses, full of famous names and lesser-known gems, can inspire them to rediscover the joy of the great outdoors

“We hope this show will not only encourage people to get out enjoy the fresh air, but also spur them to revisit our galleries when the doors reopen.”

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