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Glasgow Triptych
© Ken Currie

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Glasgow Triptych 1986

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Currie described the 'Glasgow Triptych' as showing the 'story of the Scottish working class in the 20th century, as reflected in the relationship between an old shop steward and political activist and a young unemployed man.' He explained that the left-hand panel 'recalls the moment of the Labour victory in 1945, as remembered by the old activist and retold to the young man in the City Bar.' The central panel, 'The Apprentice', treats the early 1980s as years of decay, while the third, 'Young Glasgow Communists', shows a group of young activists planning for the future. The triptych is inspired by the work of Fernand Léger, the Mexican mural artists and the German Neue Sachlichkeit art of George Grosz and Otto Dix.

Glossary Open


An artwork or design attached or applied directly to a wall.

Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity or Sobriety)

A German art movement of the 1920s and early 1930s. It was partly a response to the experience of the First World War, with images containing elements of satire and social commentary. Stylistically it was sober and restrained, moving away from Expressionism to depictions based on close observation. Major figures associated with this style are George Grosz and Otto Dix.

Mural, Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity or Sobriety)


  • Acc. No. GMA 3012
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size Panels: 214.00 x 272.30 cm; 217.60 x 277.80 cm; 207.00 x 278.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1987