With the exhibition Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880 – 1900
opening this weekend, we'll be bringing you a series of videos over the next week or so that feature key works from the exhibition.
The first video, below, introduces the star of the RA's poster campaign for the exhibition: 'The Druids – Bringing in the Mistletoe' (1890) by George Henry and E.A. Hornel. Taking ancient Celtic lore as its subject matter, the painting was groundbreaking in its use of gold paint, a medium that would later be associated with artists such as Gustav Klimt.
The video features commentary by Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, a committed supporter of the Glasgow Boys and instrumental in realising the exhibition in both Glasgow and London, and curator Jean Walsh of Glasgow Museums, who explains why the painting took Europe by storm.