May 2021


Welcome to The Arts Society Tarporley
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 13:30

The Glasgow Boys by Julia Marwood, ZOOM lecture 1.20pm for 1.30 pm start


13th May: Julia Marwood

Introducing The Glasgow Boys.

Disillusioned with the stuffiness and sentimentality of academic painting, a group of radical young painters burst onto the Glasgow art scene in the early 1880s and set in motion the stirrings of modernism in Scottish painting. Working outdoors in Scotland and France, they painted contemporary rural subjects strongly influenced by Dutch and French realism, especially the Naturalist paintings of Jules Bastien-Lepage and the tonal painting of the American artist James McNeill Whistler.  This lecture introduces the characters and their work, and shows how they set the scene for what was still to come – especially the explosion of talent centred on the Glasgow School of Art under Francis Newbery, and the Scottish Colourists.


Mrs Julia Marwood

When I first saw the work of Klimt in Vienna as a young student it was love at first sight – I had never even dreamed that such beauty existed in the world.  This was just the beginning of my lifelong passion for art.  After early retirement from my career teaching German and English I now have the great pleasure of spending all day every day looking at and talking about art.  I particularly enjoy visiting galleries in Scotland to indulge my love of the Glasgow Boys, Glasgow Girls and Scottish Colourists.  As a tour guide at Manchester Art Gallery and a regular speaker to a variety of groups, I love to share the joy of looking at art. 

Now more than ever we need art, and I have embraced the ups and downs of Zoom – it will take more than a global pandemic to stop me doing what I love the most.