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The Glasgow Boys, The Scottish Colourists and the French connection Harry Fletcher Tuesday 05 February 2019

Harry Fletcher has tutored courses for the Open University, including the History of Modern Art, and Art and the Environment. He has worked as an A level and OU examiner in the History of Art. He is a practising artist who has had work shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He has led art appreciation holidays across Europe. As Head of Art & Design in a comprehensive school he taught A Level Art, the History of Art, the History of Printmaking and the History of Architecture.

In the 1880s and 1890s Europe and America saw the rise of artistic colonies, such as the Newlyn School, practising a form of painting known as “naturalism”. Another such colony, the Glasgow boys, seized the mantle of Bastien-Lepage and their paintings became the toast of Europe. The Glasgow Girls were their contemporaries. Painters and designers influenced the development of the Glasgow Style and achieved international recognition, contributing to the development of the modern movement. The Scottish Colourists had direct contact with French Post-Impressionism, particularly Matisse and the Fauves. As a result, their paintings are considered some of the most progressive in British art of the early 20th century. During the talk, Harry will discuss the lives, the times and the work of these artists.

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