Glasgow School – Art & Design Term

Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow School of Art

“Glasgow School’ is a term used to describe several groups of artists based in Glasgow. The first and most significant of these groups was a loose association of artists active from around 1880 to the turn of the century; there was no formal membership or programme, but the artists involved (who prefered to be known as the Glasgow Boys) were united by a desire to move away from the conservative and parochial values they believed the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh represented. The group’s most well-known members were Sir James Guthrie (1859–1930) and Sir John Lavery. Several of them had lived and worked in France, and they were proponents of outdoor painting. The group’s heydey was gone by 1900, and it did not survive the First World War. Still, it offered a significant spur for Scottish art in the twentieth century, paving the way for the Scottish Colourists. From roughly 1890 through 1910, a slightly later group created a different style of Art Nouveau. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the architect and designer, was its most significant member.

Glasgow Pups

The title ‘Glasgow School’ (or, more jokingly, ‘Glasgow pups’) has recently been ascribed to a group of figurative painters active in the city since the 1980s. Ken Currie (1960– ), Peter Howson (1958– ), and Adrian Wiszniewski (1958– ), all of whom attended Glasgow School of Art at the same time, are among them.


Chilvers, I., & Glaves-Smith, J. Glasgow School. In A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 28 Oct. 2021, from

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