Scotland's art | Styles and schools

In this series devoted to Scottish Art, we look at the styles and schools that have shaped Scotland's Art and discover some of the nation’s finest artists.

This series is part of the Scottish National Gallery Project. The project will completely transform the way Scottish art is shown at the Gallery. A new suite of exhibition spaces will be created, which will be directly accessible from the adjoining Princes Street Gardens, and provide a light-filled, new home for the our unrivalled collection of Scottish art, raising its profile for visitors from all over the world.

The Glasgow Girls

The Glasgow Girls is a term used to describe a group of women artists and designers who received international recognition for their work between 1885 and 1914. Much like their near contemporaries, the Glasgow Boys, not all were natives to Glasgow or lived there on a permanent basis. They were also not a cohesive artistic movement and often adopted different styles and art practices. However, they were united by their shared experiences and determination to improve professional opportunities for female artists.

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The Celtic Revival

The Celtic Revival was an interdisciplinary movement which started in Ireland and quickly gained popularity in Britain and Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Proponents of this revival sought to identify and explore aspects of early-Medieval Celtic culture in their art, music, poetry and literature.

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The Glasgow Boys

The Glasgow Boys were the most significant group of artists in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century. The ‘boys’ as they came to be known were a loose-knit group of about twenty artists, linked by friendship and in most cases, a connection with Glasgow where most of them trained, lived or shared studios.

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The Scottish Colourists

The term Scottish Colourists describes a set of four painters, Samuel John Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson, who breathed new life into the Scottish art scene in the early twentieth century. Though they were not a cohesive artistic movement, their works are characterised by simplified forms, expressive brushwork and vibrant colour, inspired by contemporary French and Scottish art.

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28 July 2021