The Fleming Collection’s latest exhibition sees the gallery draw together a rare collection of works from the distinctive group of artists who emerged in Glasgow in the late 19th Century. The Glasgow School was made up of a number of loosely connected groups, including The Glasgow Boys.
Tuesday 14th September saw the gallery open its doors for the evening, playing host to a busy private view. Attendees, who counted Michael Palin amongst their ranks, were the first to see the varied exhibition, including 10 pieces from a rarely exhibited private collection. There were seminal works from the groups’ principal figures Sir John Lavery, Sir James Guthrie, Edward Arthur Walton, Arthur Melville, David Gauld, Joseph Crawhall, Edward Atkinson Hornel, George Henry and James Paterson.
The exhibition’s curator addressed attendees, explaining the enduring influence of the painters featured in the show. The first phase of the group turned away from the traditions of the 19th century with an increasingly bold style. The second wave of artists continued this bold turn, the works demonstrating a fascination with colour, pattern and texture.
The gallery is just minutes from Flemings Hotel. Be sure to check out The Front Room at Flemings, which features a piece from the gallery’s permanent collection, changing every few months.
Now at Flemings Hotel guests can enjoy an exclusive Scottish art experience in conjunction with The Fleming Collection. During their stay guests will have a private tour of the Glasgow Boys exhibition and will collect a gift of a book during the tour. Upon returning to the hotel, cupcakes and tea will be served in The Front Room.
See The Glasgow Boys at The Fleming Collection until 18 December 2010 at 13 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8DU. Admission Free.